The Day Digg Was Defeated
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Frank Stroupe
Date: 05-01-2007
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Diggs Position

A post on the official Digg Blog explained the situation that had been taking place earlier in the day. Digg admits to pulling the original story, claiming the HD DVD key was in violation of their Terms of Use. At this point, it is clear that Digg had no idea the can of worms they had just opened.

Once the mayhem began, Digg realized the situation was something big. Another post to the Digg Blog compared their reasoning for deleting the original story to the same reason they delete pornography, illegal downloads and racial hate sites. But, in the very next paragraph, Digg founder Kevin Rose appears to have a change of heart and decides to allow stories with HD DVD key to remain on the site.

This is not the first time that Digg has been the center of controversy. Several months ago, Digg began banning domains that frequently hit their front page. Then, in what seemed like a turning point for these banned sites, they were unbanned... only to discover they were now placed on an auto-bury list. Stories from these domains can now be submitted to Digg but regardless of how many Diggs they receive, they will never hit the front page.

It will be interesting to see how this whole thing plays out over the next few days. My guess is that the "Key-Craze" will die down in a day or two and things will go back to normal. Will Digg get slapped with a lawsuit over all of this? It's possible. Was Digg at fault for pulling the original story and thus creating this whirlwind to begin with? Have they now lost their credibility? Feel free to share your opinion on this in the Forums

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