A blogstorm is starting to gather pace in the MySpace blogging community after the now News Corp owned company started deleting links and references to YouTube videos.
Ellis Yu wirtes to the Blog Herald and says:
“My friends and I are trying to make the blogging community aware of a stealth censorship campaign that is being conducted by MySpace. They are not admitting to it, and are trying to do this in secret.”
“For the last few days they have been trying to eradicate all mentions of the site YouTube from our profiles on MySpace. Tons of MySpace profiles have embedded YouTube videos because it is a great service, but now MySpace is feeling threatened by this site and is modifying member profiles to remove any mentions of it. If you mention YouTube in your MySpace profile it gets replaced with “..” We also can’t discuss this on the boards because MySpace is censoring YouTube there as well!”
“There was an outcry by some members after MySpace’s acquisition by News Corp. People were afraid they might start monitoring or censoring MySpace. At the time their CEO said that nothing like that would happen. Well, now it has. MySpace was built on an open community and now they are trying to censor us, putting business interests above its members! We are going to fight back.”
The MySpace group fighting the censorship can be found here.