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FBI Wanted Public's Help in Boston, But Feared Getting Too Much of It

In addition to being almost universally wrong, the theories developed via social media complicated the official investigation of the Boston bombings, according to law enforcement officials. Those officials said that the decision last Thursday to release photos of the two men in baseball caps was meant in part to limit the damage being done to people who were wrongly being targeted as suspects in the news media and on the Internet.

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