Digg Patriots vs The Investigators – Battle Of Censorship (Episode 53)

by Urgo on August 13, 2010

For the first time publicly both sides of the Digg Patriots Censorship debacle have come face to face to discuss the issues. Janinco, a admitted member of the Digg Patriots was on to defend her group and Jordan117, one of the handful of investigators was on to speak about what they found and what this all means. For those not familiar with the issue, the Digg Patriots are accused of censoring the social news site Digg.com by ganging up to case negative votes on stories to stop them from appearing on the home page. Read more about it on alternet and pubrecord.

In addition to this landmark debate, we also covered some hard hitting news about facebook’s imminent foursquare competitor, Google claiming that while privacy is a good thing anonymity is very bad and dead, and much more! Check out the full show below for all of this and much more!

Full Show


Just can’t enough Digg Patriots news? Both sides appeared independently on Banned On The Web (The DP crew) and The Drill Down (Novenator) earlier this week.

Stories Covered
Facebook’s Foursquare competitor is imminent
The long-rumored geolocation “check-in” feature at Facebook is slated to debut within weeks, multiple sources familiar with the matter told CNET
[via cnet]

Foursquare Weeplaces
Map out your foursquare checkins, but beaware! The info is public after you map it!
[via Weeplaces]

Dear Facebook Page Owner – Your Page is About to Change
Facebook has been talking for sometime now on making changes to the size of its pages and profiles since October of last year. Many may have assumed that is was a rumor and dismissed the topic all together. However, Facebook has finally decided to make the changes this month, August 23rd to be exact.
[via socialblade]

Now You Can Follow Twitter Users Without an Account
Twitter has introduced a new feature called “Fast Follow” that makes it easy to follow anyone via SMS, even if you don’t have a Twitter account (if you’re located in the U.S. at least).

To use it, all you need to do is text “follow [username]” to Twitter (Twitter)’s shortcode of 40404. From there, you’ll start receiving all of that user’s updates via text message.
[via mashable]

Google CEO Schmidt: No Anonymity Is The Future Of Web
No anonymity is the future of web in the opinion of Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt. His message was that anonymity is a dangerous thing and governments will demand an end to it.
[via networkworld]

10 Signs You’re A Facebook Stalker.
Right now, you probably think you’re normal.

Nice.

Decent.

Human.

Ha!

Hilarious.

I know you. Beneath your cheery smile is dark nerdy evil. And your satanic lord is Facebook. Once you log on, you can’t resist yourself. You stalk people.

Possibly while nude.

If you don’t believe me, read the signs below. If you do any of these things, you have a problem.
[via tremendousnews]

Facebook Unveils One of History’s Most Powerful Recommendation Engines
Facebook just announced the availability of a new feature for users creating accounts on the social network: Suggested Interests. Facebook will now recommend that new users sign up for updates from (“Like”) publishers with high reader engagement and subscribed-to by people demographically similar to themselves. That’s a unique combination of factors that only Facebook could offer.
[via readwriteweb]

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Sophie August 14, 2010 at 3:07 am

Don’t get butt-hurt about being found out and acuse the other side of *maybe* doing the same thing, sounds like the excuses when a criminal gets caught red-handed.

quippd August 17, 2010 at 9:32 pm

If you guys want to get away from the craziness of Digg cabals and attempted censorship, you can check out quippd, which actually looks a lot like what Digg4 is going to look like.

We are actually up and running now, and we are interested in feedback and looking for users who aren’t just interested in being partisan.

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