Digg Caves in to User Protest: Risks Company to Support Web 2.0 Freedom

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by Kevin Rose at 9pm, May 1st, 2007 in Digg Website

Today was an insane day. And as the founder of Digg, I just wanted to post my thoughts…

In building and shaping the site I’ve always tried to stay as hands on as possible. We’ve always given site moderation (digging/burying) power to the community. Occasionally we step in to remove stories that violate our terms of use (eg. linking to pornography, illegal downloads, racial hate sites, etc.). So today was a difficult day for us. We had to decide whether to remove stories containing a single code based on a cease and desist declaration. We had to make a call, and in our desire to avoid a scenario where Digg would be interrupted or shut down, we decided to comply and remove the stories with the code.

But now, after seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, you’ve made it clear. You’d rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we won’t delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be.

If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying.

Digg on,

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Digg is among the most prominent of hundreds of websites that rely on users to provide content, which attracts audiences and advertising revenue. Similarly designed sites include YouTube, the user-generated video company that was bought by Google last year for $1.65bn.

When justifying its initial action that censored posts containing the copyrighted security code, Digg had said that, to survive, it had to respect demands of the intellectual property holders. Jay Adelson, co-founder and chief executive of Digg, said it had not consulted with its investors, which include Pierre Omidyar, an Ebay founder, and Greylock Partners, a Silicon Valley venture capital group, about the about-face change announced by Kevin Rose.

Investors in Digg have really empowered management to make those sorts of decisions,” he said. “We understand there is a risk of a suit that’s out there but…there is a pretty strong argument that this information is in the public domain. At this point what we’re going to do is get back to work, get back to democratising media and empowering our users,” he stated.

The corporate founders of AACS, the group backing the secority code, include Microsoft, Intel, IBM and Walt Disney. So far, they have declined comment.

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One Response to “Digg Caves in to User Protest: Risks Company to Support Web 2.0 Freedom”

  1. belajar Wordpress Says:

    Censorship won’t work in the internet. Instead of threating you, they should take a proper action in realizing that indeed something is not right in their pricing.

    Itunes is a good example of giving something value for money.

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