Muhammad Saleem at Pronet Advertising reported this morning on a story that got banned on Digg.
The story in question refers to, and asks the readers to spread the HD-DVD Processing Key for all movies that have been released in the format so far.
Digg pretty much had to block it because, as Muhammad points out, if they have knowledge of a copyright-infringing activity, they’re prosecutable.
Diggers, unsurprisingly, were unhappy with this. And, being Diggers, they struck back. Muhammad posts again about Diggers’ response: to post and digg the same numbers on different, non-banned URLs. He concludes:
This incidence only goes to show that the social web is a great tool in the hands of the masses, but in the absence of any moderation or regulation, the masses can become a mob; and this tool in the hands of the mob can lead to nothing good.
Check out the homepage of Digg yourself and see how Diggers really seem to believe that Digg is being the evil censor. Some stories even claim Digg is a partner with at least one HD-DVD company. They really want to think that stealing these codes is freedom of speech. From one story:
I’ve never before witnessed the Digg community at large behave so passionately. Although the HD-DVD AACS processing key may only seem like a number, we’re really fighting for our freedom of speech in a way.
Makes you wonder how those same people would feel if scrapers started attacking their own sites…