Digg Creator Involved in Political Scandal

Digg is being manipulated by conservative thinkers, according to a report on news and community site AlterNet.

Kevin Rose, Digg creator, has said that the firm is looking into the report, which claims that conservatives are manipulating the site's feeds to keep other opinions out of the public eye.

The conservatives are using multiple accounts to stifle anything they do not approve of, activities that could be hurting liberal, radical or activist members, according to an investigative report that has run for close to a year.

The groups regularly send out 'bury' lists, according to the report, which force out opposing views from Digg rankings by un-digging them. This pushes them further away from the Digg front page in keeping with the way the site is designed to work.

The opposite, digging articles, pushes views up the ranking.

"Literally thousands of stories have already been artificially removed from Digg due to this group. When a story is buried, it is removed from the upcoming section (where it is usually at for ~24 hours) and cannot reach the front page, " said AlterNet.

"So by doing this, this one group is removing the ability of the community as a whole to judge the merits or interest of these stories on their own (in essence: censoring content)."

According to the article, the ringleaders include some Digg power users with a large number of followers and sleeper accounts. They also offer advice and guidance on gaming the system, and avoiding account bans and IP address blockers.

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