May 2, 2007

A Big Mayhem for DIGG..



Don't mess with your readers!. And that is the truth. It looks like the users at Digg are very pissed off at Digg for removing a story featuring the HD DVD Processing Key. Sixteen hexadecimal digits that unlock the wonder of most currently released HD-DVD titles from the surly clutches of the AACS content protection system. HD DVD is a Digg sponsor and told Digg to remove the story. Digg was going to censor all the posting related to it. So the story got pulled. That did not sit too well with the Digg users, and now there is a big Digg revolt going on. All the stories related to HD DVD Processing Key are now the front page stories.

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Check it out.

Updates : Kevin Rose, one of the CEO of DIGG posted this on Digg's Blog

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.


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