Josh 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