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CYBER ALERT: Has Social Media Gone Too Far?

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USATODAY.COM - He was learning to master something as old and true as the violin, only to be undone by something as new and treacherous as a webcam in his own college dorm room, allegedly controlled surreptitiously and remotely by his own roommate.

For 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, the social network apparently became a web from which there was no escape, not after images of his sexual encounter with another man were broadcast live online. It seems to have driven him from Rutgers University — which he had entered as a freshman less than a month before with hopes of playing in an elite campus orchestra — back home toward northern New Jersey. Last Wednesday night, he apparently walked onto the George Washington Bridge, the massive span that links New Jersey and New York City, and jumped more than 200 feet into the Hudson River, to his death. Shortly before then, he posted a goodbye on his Facebook page: "Jumping off the George Washington Bridge sorry."

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