Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Digg and Wikipedia censorship?

On May 1, the code to break the DRM system on HD-DVD was posted online. One of the first places this code was posted was on Digg and Wikipeida. Both of the websites removed the code. Digg even allegedly deleted the accounts of people who posted the code as well as people who posted on the same thread. Both Wikipedia and Digg cited cease and desist letters they had received as the reason why they pulled down the code.

Is this the ultimate form of censorship on the Internet? Many are saying that they have lost their respect for Digg and that May 1 is the day "Digg Died."


marissa said...

I think it maybe premature to announce Digg's death. Kevin Rose, Digg founder, posted this on the Digg blog yesterday:

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.

I have a feeling he may have once again ingratiated himself into the hearts of Diggers.

jzyo said...

Yes, I hope so. I found it hard to imagine that a single incident would cause Digg to go under.