Digg Ban Backfires

I’ve got a bit of blogging to catch up on, but I couldn’t resist posting this funny story…

Social news site, Digg, recently deleted some news stories that were posted containing the encryption key required to unencrypt HD-DVDs. They also apparently (I can’t confirm this) banned the users that posted these stories. Unfortunately for Digg, the loyal Digg readers banded together and if you have a look at the front page of Digg (screenshot below) right now you’ll see the result of their rebellion.

One of the Digg founders has tried to explain their side of the story, but many Digg readers have pointed out that Digg’s podcast, Diggnation has HD-DVD as one of the sponsors. It’s interesting how quickly Digg’s loyal subscribers can turn on the site so quickly.

Digg Front Page

Via: Juha

Update: Kevin Rose, just posted an interesting response to the madness

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.

Update 2: Digg.com is now down, I wonder if it’s to show the Digg readers that they need the site more than the site needs them?

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