According to the UK’s Independent, it appears that MySpacers near and far are beginning to see glitches appearing in their favorite social networking site. Ask some users and they’ll tell you that the News Corp-owned site recently has been guilty of not only censoring postings but blocking access to MySpace rivals as well.
I can’t vouch for how true these complaints may be (I’m a guilty-pleasure, loyal MySpacer user who’s never encountered any problems on the site), but according to a handful of blogs there’s may be problem brewing. Apparently, company names like video-swapping site YouTube were deleted on MySpace user messages and attempts to download videos from the site landed the user on a blank page. Even the MySpace blog forum was shut down when the complaints started to rack up. Though the company claimed it was merely a “simple misunderstanding”, one blogger publicly complained to Blog Herald that, “This is soooo like Fox and News Corp to try and secretly seal our mouths with duct tape.”
If all this is true, clearly there’s an issue with the concept of open-source at stake here. Perhaps it’s becoming a bit too open…especially if Big Brother can tell you what not to chat about. If this censorship proves true, I should probably schedule a one-on-one with Murdoch.