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09 January 2006

News from the Frontline


Your Rights Online: MySpace Users Revolt Against Murdoch

Posted by Hemos on Mon 09 Jan 05:00AM
from the the-joy-of-running-user-communities dept.
arclightfire writes "Looks like Murdoch's News International have stired up a revolt within users of the MySpace file-sharing site they purchased for $629m (£355m) last July, reports the Independent; "Angry members of MySpace, the personal file-sharing website for young adults, are accusing Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation of censoring their postings and blocking their access to rival sites. The 38 million subscribers to MySpace...discovered that when they wrote to each other about rival video-swapping site YouTube, the words were automatically deleted, and attempts to download video images from YouTube led to blank screens. The intervention by News Corp in the traditionally open-access world of the web - in particular the alteration of personal user profiles - provoked a storm of angry posts...The protests gathered pace, and when 600 MySpace customers complained and a campaign began to boycott the site and relocate to rival sites such as Friendster, Linkedin, .. and, News Corp relented and restored the links.""

Damn! Looks like its about time to pack up and move somewhere else. Google, you hearing this? ;-)

Posted by Sylkwyrm on Mon Jan 09 01:37:00 PST 2006

Yeah, one of the group pages here mentioned that when Fox bought out myspace recently, they deleted a lot of the anti-Bush posts...

Bill pointed out that Orkut was bought out by Google, but it appears that they are still using ASP. Might be why Google is still limiting their signups but I don't know.


Posted by Malachi on Mon Jan 09 01:51:00 PST 2006
Kittybat  <-- totally rocks. 

Posted by Kittybat on Mon Jan 09 02:13:00 PST 2006