Right-wing “Patriots” work to manipulate Digg

This is why I prefer StumbleUpon.

Apparently there’s this group of right-wing conservative members of Digg.com that works together, sometimes using multiple user accounts, to upvote conservative stories and completely bury progressive ones. They’ve even been known to target every submission from specific users and their friends.

They annoyingly call themselves the “Digg Patriots.”

Now, I’m no progressive. I’m no conservative either. And I find this wrong on so many levels.

In case you’re new to the interwebs, Digg is probably the most influential social media site out there. The way it works is pretty simple. Users submit links to stories that then get voted up (digged) or voted down (buried) depending on how people like them. The more votes a story gets, the more likely it is to get to the front page, where it’s likely to get thousands of page views.

What the Digg Patriots are doing… ugh, can I not call them “patriots”? I’m not going to call these assholes patriots. I’m changing their name right now. What the Digg Pussies are doing basically amounts to user censorship.

And what could be more American than that?

AlterNet has a great expose on these wingnuts.

There are a few differences of opinion within DP, although for the most part, they are extremely similar in perspective. They hate Obama. They hate progressives. They hate the UN, diplomacy, and peace/disarmament efforts. They hate reforms of health care, Wall St., and immigration. They hate science, in fact many are creationists, and some even blog about it. They hate the secular nature of our nation. They hate environmental protection, requiring polluters to be responsible for their own cleanup, and especially hate climate efforts. They hate unions and any attempt to level the playing field to give all Americans economic opportunities. They hate the government, except the military-industrial complex. They hate abortion rights. They hate public schools and really hate higher education. They hate anyone in the media except far right personalities like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Michelle Malkin. They hate anyone who doesn’t think Obama is a secret islamist and/or marxist who was born in Kenya. They just love to hate.

Although this is a fringe group of Teabagging wingnuts, many well established figures in the Digg community are also present, such as BalancingAct, EMFK, Janinco, mikeinto, and spindig. 10 members have been part of Digg since 2005-2006, with 43 having their current account there for over 2 years. 19 are in the top 500 all time users as ranked by Social Blade, including 3 in the top 100. They have submitted over 30,000 articles, and dugg over 1,000,000 submits collectively. They regularly front page material, yet have some paranoid delusion that the Digg admins are part of some conspiracy to censor them, not once recognizing the blatant hypocrisy of their organized censorship doing that very thing.

What probably annoys me most is that these dipshits have the nerve to call themselves “patriots,” for doing arguably the single most unpatriotic thing a citizen can do: stifle free speech. Political differences are the very foundation of our country, and if one is so perturbed by the existence of differing economic views that they feel they need to resort to censorship, then one would be extinguishing the very fire of patriotism.

I disagree with neo-liberalism a lot on this blog (even in the blockquote above, I found a few things that rubbed me a bit in the wrong way), but that’s precisely why I have this blog. Because a free society cannot exist without the free exchange of ideas (or in this case, links). I welcome any disagreements. All true patriots should.

Personal politics aside, I think the new version of Digg (which excludes the downvote button) should bring an end to this problem. Let’s hope these idiots learn from their mistakes.

Though they probably won’t.

(via Secular News Daily)

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