As conspiracy theories continue to swirl in the aftermath of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, one Internet user has taken a small step to forestall attempts to allow such theories to gain a foothold.
An anonymous person purchased the domain, “BostonMarathonConspiracy.com,” preventing would-be conspiracy theorists from utilizing the web address. In its place, the purchaser installed a simple message to the site’s visitors:
Just one day after the tragic bombings that occurred near the Boston Marathon’s finish line, conspiracy theorists have begun to take root. A photo of a “mystery man” perched atop a nearby rooftop led some Internet users to suggest that he was involved in the attacks.
Even the Monday night press conference held by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick became a target for conspiracy theorists. Dan Bidondi, an analyst for right-wing conspiracy website InfoWars, could be heard shouting the following question throughout the event, UPI reports:
"Why were the loudspeakers telling people in the audience to be calm moments before the bombs went off? Is this another false flag staged attack to take our civil liberties and promote homeland security while sticking their hands down our pants on the streets?"
Patrick dismissed the question with a simple answer of “no,” and no further mention of such theories was made.
While conspiracy theories are quick to pop up in the aftermath of tragic events such as the Sandy Hook shooting and the Boston Marathon attack, Slate notes that “truthers” will have a hard time reinterpreting Monday’s events, given the sheer volume of footage, photographs and eyewitness accounts.