Their are allegations that the website Digg may be controlled by a group known as ‘Digg Patriots’. The allegations state that the group has been manipulating and skewering results for their own agenda. Also alleged is that this group is downgrading stories that they feel are ‘liberal’ and have censored users, websites and thousands of stories in the process.

In a recent article it states that:

The six-year-old social bookmarking website ranks submitted web content by the number of times they are ranked up or down. Popular items, those receiving the most “Diggs” and least attempts to “Bury”, are voted onto the Digg homepage, and can generate significant amounts of traffic for external websites. Digg had 7.6 million unique visitors in June this year, according to figures from analytics firm Compete.

AlterNet claimed the group of Digg Patriots, whose political affiliations are described as “conservative”, work to “censor” the prominence of articles “even slightly critical of the GOP/Tea Party/FoxNews/corporations”.

An AlterNet investigation alleged that the Digg Patriots discussed censorship strategies at a Yahoo group which has since been removed. A posting said to be by one of the group’s senior strategists, said:

“To all of our new group members: We are really happy you have joined us at DiggPatriots! Please remember this is a group that we are trying to keep below the radar. Please do not disclose this group’s existence to anyone outside the group on Digg or elsewhere. The longer we can keep this group on the down low, the better. I know you probably already knew that, but I wanted to make sure we are all on the same page as far as the keeping this group from being exposed to the public.”

AlterNet also claimed “dozens of duplicate or previously banned” Digg users have set up alternate

One would hope that these allegations are false and prove to be untrue. But if they are true, Digg has dug itself into a hole that I doubt it will be able to recover from. We expect that sites such as Digg be unaffected by personal agendas and if they are not, they will disappear like dust in the wind.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Source – Guardian UK