YouTube Shines Spotlight on Videos of ‘Explosions at the Boston Marathon’

News | 16th Apr

YouTube dedicates channel to those seeking answers after yesterday’s Boston Marathon explosions.

Written by Kaye Neylon

Following yesterday’s attacks at the Boston Marathon which saw two explosions tear through the finishing line and the crowd, it has left many looking for an explanation behind the tragic events. As people scour the web for pictures and videos in search of an answer, YouTube has made it easier to stay up-to-date on the latest developments from Boston.

Hours after the explosions, videos went viral with the majority being posted onto YouTube. The video-sharing website subsequently launched an official YouTube Spotlight page dedicated to “Explosions at the Boston Marathon”.

The Boston devoted YouTube page currently has 26 videos, with 47 minutes of footage in total and has topped over 4 million subscribers. Videos include President Barack Obama’s address to the nation following the blasts which has left three dead including an eight year old child, as well as news reports from reputable media outlets including ABC News, Bloomberg, AP, CNN and The Boston Globe.

YouTube’s parent company Google also extended its digital hand to help in the aftermath of the explosions as the search giant offered use of its ‘Person Finder’. Google built the tool following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and was used to help in the search for victims of the Boston Marathon explosions yesterday.


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