AlterNet: Rightwing DIGG Group Caught ‘Burying’ Stories From The BRAD BLOG, Other Progressives
By Brad Friedman
As usual, when Rightwingers can’t win outright, they cheat. Such is the case on the very popular social aggregator website DIGG, as documented today at Alternet.
We’ve suspected for quite some time that links to The BRAD BLOG’s articles as posted on DIGG have been quickly “buried” by Rightwingers hoping to keep our stories from reaching the front page — or even the “upcoming” page, where others might see the story rising in DIGG “votes,” so that it might then be propelled to the front page, where millions more would then see the link to the article.
The AlterNet piece details a “massive” Rightwing cabal which has been doing exactly that, and we weren’t particularly surprised when we found The BRAD BLOG named in the piece as one of several non-wingnut websites that have been targeted for “burial” by a Rightwing group of Internet hacks calling themselves “Digg Patriots”…
Massive Censorship Of Digg Uncovered
Posted by oleoleolson on @ 4:40 am
Article printed from speakeasy: http://blogs.alternet.org/oleoleolson
A group of influential conservative members of the behemoth social media site Digg.com have just been caught red-handed in a widespread campaign of censorship, having multiple accounts, upvote padding, and deliberately trying to ban progressives. An undercover investigation has exposed this effort, which has been in action for more than one year.
“The more liberal stories that were buried the better chance conservative stories have to get to the front page. I’ll continue to bury their submissions until they change their ways and become conservatives.”
-phoenixtx (aka vrayz)
Digg.com is the powerhouse of social media websites. It is ranked 50th among US websites by Alexa (117th in the world), by far the most influential social media site. It reached one million users in 2007 and likely has more than tripled that by this point. Digg generates around 25 million page views per month, over one third of the page views of the NY Times. Front page stories regularly overwhelm and temporarily shut down websites in a process called the “Digg Effect.”