Digg Responds to Claims of Massive Conservative ‘Censorship’

diggPatriotsJosh Halliday writes on the Guardian:

The popular link-sharing website Digg is investigating claims that a group of the site’s “influential conservative” members are systematically downgrading thousands of stories deemed to be “liberal”.

Online magazine AlterNet claimed to have uncovered a group of Digg members — dubbed “Digg Patriots” — who have “censored hundreds of users, dozens of websites, and thousands of stories” from the site. Alternet alleged that the Digg Patriots, thought to number nearly 100 members, are “able to bury over 90% of articles by certain users and websites submitted within 1-3 hours”.

Kevin Rose, founder of Digg, said via Twitter: “We’re looking into this.”

The six-year-old social bookmarking website ranks submitted web content by the number of times they are ranked up or down. Popular items, those receiving the most “Diggs” and least attempts to “Bury”, are voted onto the Digg homepage, and can generate significant amounts of traffic for external websites. Digg had 7.6 million unique visitors in June this year, according to figures from analytics firm Compete.

AlterNet claimed the group of Digg Patriots, whose political affiliations are described as “conservative”, work to “censor” the prominence of articles “even slightly critical of the GOP/Tea Party/FoxNews/corporations”.

Read More: Guardian

12 Comments on "Digg Responds to Claims of Massive Conservative ‘Censorship’"

  1. Gotta hand it to Alternet…their details were pretty damning and direct on this. Goes to show the mindset of new conservatives…if you can't win with logic or cogent points (which they haven't had almost since the day Buckley retired)…just suppress data that contradicts you. Pretty repulsive…and worse, it opens the door to others gaming the system now that the means have been publicized. Now any social media site or user popularity/rating system becomes inherently suspect.

    • Your Mom | Aug 9, 2010 at 8:31 am |

      “.if you can't win with logic or cogent points “

      With philosophers like Marcuse, who explicitly rejected rationality, serving as a key intellectual influence for modern leftism via his spiritual leadership of the New Left; and with leftist progressives stealing the term “liberal” from libertarians specifically to hide their ideology and agenda, the modern American political left is hardly in a position to claim the high ground in the use of logic.

      “Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right, and toleration of movements from the Left.” Marcuse, An Essay on Liberation. Beacon Press, 1969, p. 109

      • So, by this rational, a clique of housebound wannabes burying articles they don't agree with is an example of what?…the magnanimity and good will of the Right and adherents to its tenets?

        Sorry, 'leftism'…or whatever your favorite pundit labels it this week (likely based on a moldering college text in which an objectionable statement can be found and made to sound threatening out of its context) is hardly so easily quantified. Ivy League twaddlers for the Left are as irrelevant as Thomas Sowell is to the Right. Attaching one of yesteryears names and leaving implied that this is somehow the end all and be all of the “other side's” viewpoint/goals/beliefs is exactly the petulant, deliberately ignorant behavior that characterizes the New Right. Congratulations…you have met the enemy…and it is you.

      • Connie Dobbs | Aug 9, 2010 at 11:21 am |

        Have you cut off your left hand yet? Because it's SO FUCKING LEFTIST that it can't help but make a capital “L” when you hold your thumb and index fingers out. If you need help, let me know.

      • Haystack | Aug 9, 2010 at 7:03 pm |

        How would you know? All you ever do is quote from your conservative scripture books and vanish without making any effort to defend your arguments.

  2. Worse is their targeting of individuals, in affect digitally assassinating. Their willingness to sink to conspiratorial concerted attacks upon individuals is a warning regarding further attacks, whether digital via isolation and threats and direct physical attacks. A real warning flag has to go up on the individuals involved and har far they would go to feed their own beliefs and ego, their psychotic need to control others.

  3. Your Mom | Aug 9, 2010 at 8:27 am |

    News Flash!

    Alternative news site Disinfo consistently ignores evidence of leftist errors and socialist brutality!

    • News Flash!

      Its a user based site. Stop blaming the host for the actions of the users who are free to post as they see fit…it makes you look phenomenally ignorant. Find an article you like, sign up and post it. Then we'll all jump on and tear it apart.

      Mostly, I'd be curious to see what kind of infantile garbage you'd bring to the table…probably rehashed links to National Review articles or the usual pseudo intellectual defenses for neo-con failures we've already witnessed going down in flames…I can see the titles now:

      “How Huge Piles Of Corporate Cash Don't Really Harm Free Elections!”

      “Tax Breaks For The Rich Saved The Economy…But The Created Jobs Were For Invisible Elves So You Just Haven't Noticed Yet.”

      “Tasers Cure Cancer! Police Are America's Hero's!”

      “Exposure To Homosexuality Turns Infants Into Serial Killers! Bob Jones University Study Proves It!”

    • Connie Dobbs | Aug 9, 2010 at 11:20 am |

      Post then, dipshit, and stop fucking whining. You're just bitching because we're all having sex with you. Wait, that's wrong. We're having sex with your mom, not Your Mom.

    • Haystack | Aug 9, 2010 at 6:58 pm |

      Have you considered frequenting a right-wing political blog?

    • read a book or learn something for a change

  4. read a book or learn something for a change

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