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MySpace Users Revolt Against Murdoch

Hemos posted about 9 years ago | from the the-joy-of-running-user-communities dept.

The Internet 393

arclightfire writes "Looks like Murdoch's News International have stired up a revolt within users of the MySpace file-sharing site they purchased for $629m (£355m) last July, reports the Independent; "Angry members of MySpace, the personal file-sharing website for young adults, are accusing Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation of censoring their postings and blocking their access to rival sites. The 38 million subscribers to MySpace...discovered that when they wrote to each other about rival video-swapping site YouTube, the words were automatically deleted, and attempts to download video images from YouTube led to blank screens. The intervention by News Corp in the traditionally open-access world of the web - in particular the alteration of personal user profiles - provoked a storm of angry posts...The protests gathered pace, and when 600 MySpace customers complained and a campaign began to boycott the site and relocate to rival sites such as Friendster, Linkedin, revver.com and Facebook.com, News Corp relented and restored the links.""

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Er... (5, Informative)

tolan-b (230077) | about 9 years ago | (#14426517)

MySpace isn't a file-sharing website is it?

Re:Er... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426624)

Google is not a file sharing website also.
Your comment makes no sense.

Myspace offers their customers a blog. Blogs commonly have links, being, uh, webpages and all. Myspace makes money by inserting ads, and money off paid accounts.

They are/were not banning all links, or links on a per-case basis that abused the TOS agreement. They were engaging in targeted hardball censorship tactics.

Are you being deliberately obtuse, or did you not read TFA?

Re:Er... (5, Funny)

Stephen Williams (23750) | about 9 years ago | (#14426641)

Sure it is. It's a site for angsty teenagers to share pictures of themselves looking miserable.


Re:Er... (2, Informative)

batteryman (245402) | about 9 years ago | (#14426693)

It was used at one time for filesharing. It was more like Live365, but you could capture the streams to a file. You could also create your own streams from other peoples collections of music.

Re:Er... (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426708)

It's not a file-sharing site, per se. However, it does have a large community of bands and musicians, and allows them to stream their music via builtin players and whatnot. I can (almost) see how a clueless journalist could confuse that with "file-sharing".

Re:Er... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14427036)

Myspace use to be a file-sharing site back in the mid-late 90s. I should know because I downloaded anime off it.

Re:Er... (2, Funny)

DrStrange66 (654036) | about 9 years ago | (#14427015)

MySpace isn't a file-sharing website is it?
I thought myspace was a dating site. THAT must be the reason I haven't gotten a date from there yet!

It IS My Space (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426520)

It IS My Space.

All Mine.


Re:It IS My Space (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426755)

No, it's MySpace

Re:It IS My Space (3, Funny)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | about 9 years ago | (#14426837)


Net free? (5, Insightful)

baldass_newbie (136609) | about 9 years ago | (#14426523)

Who ever suggested the net was free of censorship?

Re:Net free? (4, Insightful)

kentrel (526003) | about 9 years ago | (#14426620)

I wouldn't say the internet was free of censorship, because nothing is, nothing can be. There is a lot of freedom here, but when people sign up to a company's website, especially if its free, they can never really expect much. They are shitty tactics though, and people should respond by taking their business (free or paying) elsewhere.

Re:Net free? Free as in beer... (1)

TheChromaticOrb (931032) | about 9 years ago | (#14427034)

So far, the net is beyond censorship as a whole, but there's plenty of censorship attempts, with different levels of success on local level, though sometimes "local" covers a great deal of land [wikipedia.org] .

I have no clue about what News Corp expected to gain by applying censorship on MySpace forums, but at least it was useful as a wake-up call for all (well, some of) the unsuspecting "bloggers".

A spokesman for MySpace said it would not explain how the blocking of YouTube came about, nor how it was resolved, nor whether in future it would continue to block links to rival websites or censor messages between MySpace customers.
A they say on MySpace subscription page: "It's FREE!". Sure, free as in beer...

just a minute (4, Insightful)

42Penguins (861511) | about 9 years ago | (#14426531)

Why, again, do we care about the cesspool that is MySpace?

Wouldn't the world actually be a BETTER place if all the users revolted, and the site shut down altogether?

Re:just a minute (1)

thaerin (937575) | about 9 years ago | (#14426553)

"Wouldn't the world actually be a BETTER place if all the users revolted, and the site shut down altogether?"

That it would, but you'd be hard pressed to get so many folks to give up a free service, irregardless of the actions of Rupert.

Re:just a minute (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426597)

Re:just a minute (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426580)

We'll know when they show up here via dead links to music videos. Why anyone thinks I want to hear their favorite Emo song of the moment when I click their profile is beyond me.

Re:just a minute (5, Funny)

blowdart (31458) | about 9 years ago | (#14426694)

Wouldn't the world actually be a BETTER place if all the users revolted, and the site shut down altogether?

What, and risk having their target audience spread out over the net? At least myspace is a single area that contains their poetry about failed fumblings in the back site of mom's car, their discussions of exactly which black t-shirt are they supposed to wear with what foundation and their row upon row of identical self portraits each proclaiming they look goth because it's unique and original.

No, we should hail Murdoch as a brave netizen for keeping them all in one (mosh) pool.

Re:just a minute (5, Funny)

ScaryFroMan (901163) | about 9 years ago | (#14426941)

Wouldn't the world actually be a BETTER place if all the users revolted, and the site shut down altogether?

I think the users are revolting already...

Re:just a minute (5, Funny)

kalbzayn (927509) | about 9 years ago | (#14426956)

I use myspace to make sure my monitor can really print all the millions of colors it claims it can. All you have to do is view any page on myspace and it is guaranteed to use each and ever color possible

Re:just a minute (1)

SenLei (944360) | about 9 years ago | (#14427033)

yes, and if the site shut down it would allow all of us here on slashdot to finally get some notarity!! with myspace out of the picture we can finally post and comment on things that are important to us without the flash and glitter "thanks for the adds" everywhere! what a cesspool! *GASP* comments and being part of a forum and internet community that is checked daily?! for shame! shut it down! riiiighhhttt

Communities (4, Insightful)

suso (153703) | about 9 years ago | (#14426535)

What the Web won't be like in 10 years? (1997) [amazon.com]

So much for corporations being less in control at the hands of the communities.

Re:Communities (1, Insightful)

heavy snowfall (847023) | about 9 years ago | (#14426671)

If they care so much about freedom of speech they should buy themselves a domain and hosting (separately). That way they can change DNS info if their host opresses them :), and the registrars have shown they don't care what you do with the domains anyway.

File Sharing? (5, Funny)

AsnFkr (545033) | about 9 years ago | (#14426539)

MySpace, the personal file-sharing

Myspace is not a file-sharing site. Its one of those "Social-hub" places fat girls post blurry pictures of themselves on.

Re:File Sharing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426666)

I see you're a regular ;)

Re:File Sharing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426756)

I thought it was also a place for crap bands to get some publicity. You could post your own blurry pictures [atomicraygunattack.com] there.

Re:File Sharing? (1)

BushCheney08 (917605) | about 9 years ago | (#14426881)

No kidding. Check out these losers. [myspace.com]

Re:File Sharing? (2, Insightful)

systmoadownfreak (943687) | about 9 years ago | (#14427002)

True that is one of the purposes...ok it's basically the major use of the site, but another feature that it holds is to put up music files of the bands that are listed there. Basically most of the time bands will put a couple of free songs up there to generate interest in them and hopefully actually sell some of their music.

As stupid as I think the censorship of the internet is, it IS the site of the corporation. They can limit what you do on the site.

Oh well, more reason for me to steer clear of the stupid community.

Rupert is just jealous. (4, Funny)

ryg0r (699756) | about 9 years ago | (#14426550)

No one has added him as to their friends list. Of course he's going to get a bit cranky.

However samy is my hero. [namb.la]

Just a quick note (2, Informative)

Kanpai (713697) | about 9 years ago | (#14426556)

Rupert Murdoch's company is actually called News Corperation, not News International.

Re:Just a quick note (2, Informative)

Flaming Babies (904475) | about 9 years ago | (#14426575)

News International is the main UK subsidiary of News Corporation.

Way to go, MySpace users! (4, Insightful)

standbypowerguy (698339) | about 9 years ago | (#14426558)

This is a perfect example of how to fight commercial censorship... vote with your wallet.

Re:Way to go, MySpace users! -- All in Vain (1)

SRA8 (859587) | about 9 years ago | (#14426599)

Users can protest all they want, big business and the Establishment will NOT budge. In a week or so, this story will be old news and these kiddies will need to get acquainted to the facts of life. A perfect example were the war protests of 2002/2003. Bush noted that he doesnt even read the news. DO you think they made a difference? Decisions have already been made. Articles showing otherwise are simply faux, temprory blips in power.

Re:Way to go, MySpace users! -- All in Vain (1)

whereiswaldo (459052) | about 9 years ago | (#14426684)

Users can protest all they want, big business and the Establishment will NOT budge.

That's bullshit. Sure, Bush is a tyrant and doesn't care about what his people think but you can't say that generally no change will happen in government or big business as a result of protests. LOTS of changes have happened as a result of public pressure over the decades! Ask your friends or family about things and you'll have plenty of examples to start with.
Here - one set of examples is the impact Peta (people for the ethical treatment of animals) has had. Companies like Loreal and General Motors no longer test on animals as a result of huge pressure campaigns launched against them. Or like McDonalds now serving healthier foods due to public pressure to do so.
It might even be possible to budge Bush but it's going to take a lot more pressure than has been applied so far. That's a whole other discussion, however. Cheers.

Re:Way to go, MySpace users! -- All in Vain (-1, Flamebait)

kin_korn_karn (466864) | about 9 years ago | (#14426763)

And boy, those McDonald's salads sure changed the fabric of our society, didn't they?

Re:Way to go, MySpace users! -- All in Vain (2, Insightful)

Compulsion (734114) | about 9 years ago | (#14426860)

McDonald's changed their menu to make money, not because of pressure campaigns. They realized that people were trying to eat healthier, so they give you a nice, healthy bed of lettuce and greens.

Then they pile on some fried chicken and 400calorie dressing. And charge you more by unit weight for it than just about anything else on the menu.


Re:Way to go, MySpace users! -- All in Vain (1)

Don_dumb (927108) | about 9 years ago | (#14426872)

like McDonalds now serving healthier foods due to public pressure to do so

I think you are confusing 'bowing to public pressure' with 'jumping on the bandwagon'

Re:Way to go, MySpace users! -- All in Vain (1)

vettemph (540399) | about 9 years ago | (#14426783)

>>>Users can protest all they want, big business and the Establishment will NOT budge.

Perhaps you missed this part of the story:
"...News Corp relented and restored the links."

And this:
The protests gathered pace, and when 600 MySpace customers complained and a campaign began to boycott the site and relocate to rival sites such as Friendster, Linkedin, revver.com and Facebook.com

You don't have to stick around and take it. You can protest, move to "revver" or move to "Austria" deppending on what your issue is.

Re:Way to go, MySpace users! -- All in Vain (1)

darjen (879890) | about 9 years ago | (#14426949)

What you said is exactly the opposite of what actually happened. According to the article, the users protested and MySpace gave in. Corporations will always be subject to the consumer with their almighty dollar.

In contrast, when the government does something (like take over Iraq) and the citizens protest, the government violently breaks it with police forces and then gets re-elected and remains in office.

Re:Way to go, MySpace users! (5, Insightful)

nwbvt (768631) | about 9 years ago | (#14426632)

MySpace users have wallets? I thought most of them were 12 year old kids...

How else are you supposed to keep your bus pass? (1, Funny)

Inoshiro (71693) | about 9 years ago | (#14426869)

Without a wallet, their bus pass would have to sit in their pocket naked and get all crumply!

Re:Way to go, MySpace users! (1)

standbypowerguy (698339) | about 9 years ago | (#14426928)

Like many web sites, MySpace makes money through advertising. If the subscribers leave, so do the advertisers.

Re:Way to go, MySpace users! (1)

michrech (468134) | about 9 years ago | (#14426972)

Try doing searches for people on there. The only "kids" I've run into are of the college variety (me being 29, I suppose I can call them kids now...)

Of course, I've limited my searching by "age", which helps. It's not ONLY "gothic" wanna-be's on there. There are PLENTY of normal people.

Re:Way to go, MySpace users! (1)

DoorFrame (22108) | about 9 years ago | (#14426983)

Of course, what else would they hook their big chains on to?

Re:Way to go, MySpace users! (3, Interesting)

surefooted1 (838360) | about 9 years ago | (#14426659)

When was the last time an internet boycott worked?

"Freedom of Speech" (3, Insightful)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | about 9 years ago | (#14426563)

...belongs to those who own the presses, a fact-of-life with which I suspect Mr. Murdoch is well-acquainted.

"My Space." That's funny.

...which is just about everyone (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426610)

In the Internet age, the press belong to just about everyone. If someone does not like MySpace, it would cost them very little to set up their own web site, run the way they want to.

Re:...which is just about everyone (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426854)

The average teen blogger can't afford it, doesn't want to pay for it, or doesn't have credit cards to pay for it.

What is so unaffordable about free? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426946)

There are many free web hosting places out there that have both the TOS and actual management policies such as that you can do just about everything on the sites. If you have about $9 to spend per year, you can even put your own domain name on it.

Meetup.com (0)

Doomedsnowball (921841) | about 9 years ago | (#14426569)

Is fast, online organization the new nuclear bomb? IMHO, it is. Watch out big business, or you'll be suffering from a DOR (Denial Of Requests) attack.

A win for concerned Parents? (1)

Veretax (872660) | about 9 years ago | (#14426570)

I suppose if this continues that it would be could ease the parental fears suggested in this article I saw on USAToday.com http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2006-01-...e-sid ebar_x.htm [usatoday.com] . Time will tell whether this is a site killer though.

Anti-Semitism (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426571)

Speak up against Ruppert Murdoch? Clearly these users are part of the growing anti-semitic movement in the US. These elements are particularly strong in the underworld of the web.

What's with all the Independent lifted stories? (2, Funny)

morgdx (688154) | about 9 years ago | (#14426589)

Nobody in the UK reads the Independent, but now everyone on /. does?


Re:What's with all the Independent lifted stories? (1)

PhakeDC (932887) | about 9 years ago | (#14426628)

Some of the finest journalists are based in the UK, but you Brits don't appreciate it. Your loss not ours!

Re:What's with all the Independent lifted stories? (1)

igb (28052) | about 9 years ago | (#14426710)

I think we do appreciate it. It's just that we appreciate it by buying the Guardian instead.


Re:What's with all the Independent lifted stories? (2, Insightful)

bri2000 (931484) | about 9 years ago | (#14426806)

I do. Gave up on the Guardian following the last election when Polly Toynbee's pro-Blair puff pieces actually started to get offensive (her assertion that anybody who takes the War and the handling of the occupation into account when making their voting decision is 'decadent' and her sudden conversion to PR (which, I suspect, she's never mentioned again) did it for me.)

News International? (3, Informative)

nwbvt (768631) | about 9 years ago | (#14426598)

The British newspaper? How does it control MySpace? Surely you mean News Corp, the name of the parent company.

Re:News International? (2, Informative)

Shimbo (100005) | about 9 years ago | (#14426738)

The British newspaper? How does it control MySpace? Surely you mean News Corp, the name of the parent company.

News International is the name of the main UK subsidiary of News Corp. Easy mistake for a Brit to make - I'd never heard of News Corp either.

Myspace isn't about file-sharing (0, Flamebait)

Paperghost (942699) | about 9 years ago | (#14426603)

...Its about crybaby emo wannabes wearing smelly clothes, listening to smellier music and pretending they have hundreds of friends.

The power of traffic. (2, Interesting)

siefkencp (921228) | about 9 years ago | (#14426623)

A prime example of the power of traffic this site was created out of string and bubble gum and its worth 600 Million dollars.... Where's all this consumer data getting sold to?

You think News Corp. is making that $$ back on adds alone?

Any one care to let me in on the secret??
Who buys the data? What name is it resold under?

Re:The power of traffic. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426912)

When you consider a 30 second ad [sc.edu] shown during "Desperate Housewives" costs $560,000, and has maybe 10 million regular viewers (that number came from my ass, not always a reliable source), I think having 76 million eyes staring at the ad vomit on Myspace for 100 times as long every day is well worth the $580 million they paid for it.

But that's just me. AdBlock is a wonderful thing. It sure does make Myspace look a little plain though.


...fp (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426629)

first post

Hm... (5, Interesting)

cmarguel (795687) | about 9 years ago | (#14426633)

This is more common than one might think. I'm not surprised that nobody noticed the same thing going on with Yahoo Messenger. It took me months for my friends and I to notice that Imageshack and Friendster links, among others, were being censored whenever we would try to send links to each other. It makes me wonder who else has been doing it behind our backs. Hopefully, the companies that have gone unnoticed will stop doing this, now that they can see what could happen.

The dot com bubble taught us one thing ... (4, Insightful)

techstar25 (556988) | about 9 years ago | (#14426643)

If the dot com bubble taught us anything, it's that "If it's free on the internet, it's unreliable and fully controlled by somebody who will run it into the ground". I'm costantly telling that to bands who rely on Myspace as their primary website. Very soon, Fox might, and could pull an MP3.com and just pull the plug, leaving thousands (millions?) of bands without a web presence. There also plenty of people who only communicate through myspace, and so when myspace goes, all communication ends, and they lose those friends. These kids who think they have the right to post whatever they want are sadly misinformed, but they are 12 years old (claiming to be 18 of course), so we can't blaim them for their naivety.

Re:The dot com bubble taught us one thing ... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426752)

Who communicates JUST through MySpace? Sure, it's alright for free downloads but no one uses it as their sole use of communication. They'd use some form of IM as well I suspect. Also, MySpace is a good place for bands to set up, it's free and you have a HUGE potential audience out there, most of which have control over Mummy and Daddy's wallets...

Seriously, if you were a band you'd need to be nuts not to use MySpace.

Re:The dot com bubble taught us one thing ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426926)

Yet when I tell friends the same thing could happen to their precious (and much more crucial) AIM/MSN/Y! messenger, nobody seems to listen...

Re:The dot com bubble taught us one thing ... (1)

16K Ram Pack (690082) | about 9 years ago | (#14426932)

I tell all my friends to spend the few pounds a year on a domain name. The reason is that you are less controlled.

A few people I've met won't switch from crummy email providers because people know their address there. Have a domain, and you can choose.

To be honest, though, MySpace being sold for that price reminds me of all the loony dotcoms of the late 90s.

Re:The dot com bubble taught us one thing ... (2, Informative)

typical (886006) | about 9 years ago | (#14427001)

Free is fine, as long as you never lock yourself in to the service.

Google and Yahoo's search are fine, because other than a bit of familiarity with their interfaces, they have no lock-in on me. They can't hurt me much other than sticking ads around (and eventually, if the search pages gets unusable, I have to switch.) But every time you use a "free" service provided by a company, you gotta ask yourself ("how exactly could this company hurt me?") Ultimately, they're a business out to make money, and unless you've got a really good answer in which your interests and their own are permanently conjoined, you might want to think again.

Free email providers (c'mon, neither email nor domains are that expensive -- I use mailsnare for $20 a *year*, and domains are something like $10 a year and you can do other stuff with 'em) are going to want to make money off of the lock-in that they've established, and that means doing something that you don't like sooner or later. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday. Maybe after they get bought or their management changes or they sell their email wing to someone else, or they hit hard times...who knows.

They ought to leave anyway (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426661)

If the inhabitants of myspace were anything like those of slashdot, they'd leave anyway. I'd stop visiting this url in an instant if fucking Murdoch's Friendly Robot Company gobbled it up, even if it meant resolving slashdot.org to localhost to kick the habit.

Sadly, they probably are nothing like us, and will stick around there like they do on MSN/AIM because "I've got all my buddies on it".

Zealot level guage: I was tolerant of myspace until they sold themselves to the devil. Since then I refused to ever even visit again.

Who cares... (-1, Flamebait)

Wedge1212 (591767) | about 9 years ago | (#14426665)

myspace is for child mollesters and the children they prey uppon.

Murdoch.. Meh (1)

PhakeDC (932887) | about 9 years ago | (#14426668)

He's a conservative corporate dictator so why did this come as much of a surprise? Oh right, mainstream users. Oh and I use hi5.com which has all my passwords and contact lists. Groovy.

Shut it down (4, Interesting)

sulphurlad (772436) | about 9 years ago | (#14426680)

My Youngest son was buying his drugs ( mostly pot, at least I fucking hope ) from this site. And after hacking into his profile, tracking his so-called friends and online buddies, my wife and I deetermined that the site was mostly being used by him for getting with his drug buddies. Hell there was a kid on his buddy list and had a picture of like a poiund of pot on his bed with him in it, and it didn't look like Photoshop either. Were it not for my Oldest who uses it for what it was supposed to be, chatting and sharing vid's of his motorcyle movies and stunts, than I would just blacklist the damn thing.

As it is now, my wife spends alot of time educating parents and showing them what their kids are really up too.
Some are shocked, some don't seem to care.

But I guess the REAL PROBLEM is not the website, it's the lack of parents being involved in their kids lives.

DAMN, I hate it when I'm my own Devil's Advocate........

Reefer Madness? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426829)

Though not entirely clear from your post. One must assume that you have since curtailed your sons MySpace access in order to prevent him from buying drugs via MySpace. But, the question I have is what did you do? I'm sure that simply cutting off or monitoring MySpace activity would only cause him to change his methods and not dissuade him from using weed or worse. Has he simply switched to AIM or cell phone text messaging in order to score his dope, or have you discovered a more effective means? Or have you just turned a blind eye to his new methods for scoring a half kilo of "good shit"?

Re:Shut it down (4, Insightful)

MrPerfekt (414248) | about 9 years ago | (#14426835)

Some people choose to buy drugs, some people choose to meet people, some people choose to listen to music, some people choose to....

A social network imitating society.. what are the odds?

Re:Shut it down (1)

pHatidic (163975) | about 9 years ago | (#14426905)


Ha HA (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426857)

You got punked, bitch.

Re:Shut it down (1, Troll)

Hee Hee Hee (310695) | about 9 years ago | (#14426919)

Offtopic, I know - but I don't care.

Good for you for sneaking around and checking up on your kids. I wish more parents would do that, instead of feeling like they have rights to privacy. They do - but when you find out something like this - all bets are off!

I hope you have a frank, calm discussion with your son soon. If you don't feel equipped to talk to him about it - find a counselor that can help you. There are lots of organizations willing to help.

Good luck!

Just be careful (5, Interesting)

mindaktiviti (630001) | about 9 years ago | (#14426988)

Trust issues aside, maybe it's time to teach your son about encryption and the stupidity of using a public forum for buying illegal drugs.

I'm being serious here.

Regardless of your disapproval for such a thing, regardless of whether or not he will stop because of your wishes, he has to learn to be a little more discreet, a criminal record is something you wouldn't want your son to experience as it can hamper him in his future job opportunities and across the border travel.

If you can hack into his account and see exactly what goes on with his other buddies, don't think that it's difficult for that same kid to get arrested for having a picture of a pound of weed, have his computer confiscated, and then have the police go through his conversations with his other friends who'll he will easily rat out for a slap on the wrist.

Re:Shut it down (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14427014)

mySpace, myLife, myWeed!

Re:Shut it down (3, Insightful)

xoip (920266) | about 9 years ago | (#14427031)

While you're shutting down MySpace make sure you get every other means of communications those Pot Smokers use too...Cell Phones, msn...aol...yahoo...gaim...jabber...personal contact at school...ban them from the shopping mall...play ground...hell you could escort the kid everywhere he goes but I doubt this war on drugs mentality would make anyones life better.

Re:Shut it down (1)

lachlan76 (770870) | about 9 years ago | (#14427048)

The same thing could be said about schools, parties, anywhere where there are people. And what their kids are really doing seems a bit exaggerated from my point of view, but I'm not in the US, maybe things are different over there.

In Australia (from memory) the statistics are somewhere along the lines of 30% of people use some sort of [illegal] drug, and

If you think that there's any way that you can stop teenagers from taking drugs you're kidding yourself though, people take drugs, people drink, and nothing anyone does is going to change that. And no, I don't do either.

Stop being so cheap (2, Insightful)

Mr.Dippy (613292) | about 9 years ago | (#14426687)

I haven't found one decent looking webpage on MySpace. It seems to be home for teenagers and college students who are too cheap to pay 3 to 10 dollars a month for a hosting company and who still think the blink tag is way cool. If you want freedom of speech and all that other non-sense on the web go get yourself a domain name, pay the few bucks a month for hosting, and a 20 dollar book on HTML. You get what you pay for.

Re:Stop being so cheap (2, Insightful)

MrCopilot (871878) | about 9 years ago | (#14426796)

Hey man, are you saying there is no place on the web for broke teens with no skill? My kids aren't paying for a domain out of thier allowance just to say hey. Let MySpace and Friendster and $$$$$$ster take care of a place for these kids to "shout out" to each other. It is free to them and it allows communication in a much more time independent manner than IM. Plus it is another place to store and share their pictures. Why did they get those digital cameras for Christmas?

My hat's off to the MySpace users for thier democratic approach. Sometimes it works, Note to selves though, MURDOCH=FOX=FNC=Very Large Corp=Very Right Republican. Not always the best friend to the youth and their movements.

Easy to keep an eye on things when all on your servers it is.

http://www.americanprogress.org/site/pp.asp?c=biJR J8OVF&b=122948 [americanprogress.org]
Who is Rupert Murdoch?

How one right-wing billionaire uses his business and media empire to pursue a partisan agenda at the expense of democracy.

Mod parent down (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426940)

You have got to be kidding me. Insightful??

Re:Stop being so cheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426879)

Oh yeah, teenagers and college students without websites... AND THOUSANDS OF ARTISTS WHO HAVE MYSPACE ACCOUNTS AS WELL AS PERSONAL WEBSITES!! You have obviously never looked very thoroughly at myspace, or browsed through the music available there. The widespread popularity of myspace in local music scenes as well as with major acts is amazing. You can listen to tracks of some band you otherwise NEVER would have heard, because there is no really good way to find local bands on google without sorting through pages and pages of shit. Myspace is an excellent place to network with other musicians and probably other types of artists as well. I only know about music because that's what I do. My myspace account links to my band website as well, and for many artists, directly to a page where you can order their music from them, circumventing music labels.

VAINSPACE (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426729)

Forget myspace, vainspace.com is where all the slutty underage girls hang out now!

Interesting (2, Interesting)

artitumis (934987) | about 9 years ago | (#14426733)

I find it wildly amusing that MySpace will lock down hotlinking images and videos to rival's sites, but they have failed to address their users who hotlinked away 1.5 gigs [artitumis.com] of my personal bandwidth over the course of a week in December.

Before I got slammed for not taking steps myself to prevent hotlinking, I did use the tools provided by my host via cPanel to disable hotlinking. The only problem is it did not work. I had to contact Tech Support and have them apply the correct code to the .htaccess. After comparing the changes the provided utility made and what Tech Support added, it was very different.

Re:Interesting (1, Funny)

MadCow42 (243108) | about 9 years ago | (#14426774)

Actually, I quite enjoy people that hotlink images from my site... I regularly watch my logs to see where it's happening, then substitute the hot-linked images with something like the goatse.cx main image.

Normally, that takes care of the problem quickly, and teaches the person a lesson in the process. Surprisingly though, some people never notice - which is especially funny when it's being used as someone's avitar.


Re:Interesting (1)

killeena (794394) | about 9 years ago | (#14426977)

I was thinking about doing the same thing, replacing the image with tubgirl, but then decided on a 10000 x 10000 pixel blank gif image. Only 61k, but screws up the person's whole profile. :)

Re:Interesting (1)

minerat (678240) | about 9 years ago | (#14427006)

mod rewrite is god!

cry me a river (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426833)

its not the job of a blog host or any other hosting service to make sure that their users don't hotlink images.

Strange Comparisons (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426849)

Microsoft: Bloated Giant
News Corp: Bloated Giant

Microsoft: More or less one guy
News Corp: More or less one guy

Microsoft: Doesn't like people using competitors products on their products (Win)
News Corp: Doesn't like people using competitors products on their products (MySpace)

Microsoft: Censors the internet (Chinese bloggers)
News Corp: Censors the internet (MySpace)...

Scary no?

Way to go (3, Funny)

l33tlamer (916010) | about 9 years ago | (#14426868)

Anime nerd, Manga geeks, Hentai freaks, Loli Maniacs, Warez Distributors and Attention-grabbing Cam whores... I mean MySpace users rejoice :)

meh.. spyspace (1)

Danzigism (881294) | about 9 years ago | (#14426874)

although I do feel bad for these people, I really think SpySpace is pure shit.. of course this is my personal opinion, so I really don't need to hear the defense from any users, on behalf of myspace..

as a geek, I'd be the first person to promote a new form of communication, that keeps friends in touch with one another.. i just think people get this weird feeling in their minds when they are searching through people's myspace profiles constantly.. its like virtual stalking.. plus its fucking owned by Fox.. Myspace to me, is like the lazy man's blog.. there's virtually no content about the person's life or opinions, just pictures.. people don't want to stay in touch, or communicate.. They merely want to see how people are "looking"..

people are too fucking lazy.. it seems like the less reading they do, the happier they are.. by the way, who the hell is stupid enough to trade copyrighted videos/music, and correspond about illegal videos/music through myspace?? if ya ask me, i say fuck 'em..

Re:meh.. spyspace (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14427047)

I didn't really read what you posted. Too many words. Do you have a pic? ASL?!?!?


My God, that's terrible (5, Funny)

Deep Fried Geekboy (807607) | about 9 years ago | (#14426923)

If only there were OTHER ways of posting pictures of yourself on the internet with the spots photoshopped out in the hope that some girl in Kansas will think you're hot and add her to her friends list while discussing with your bedroom-bound peer group the latest netvid of some jerk wiping out on his BMX and straddling his nuts on the crossbar while simultaneously downloading pirated copies of godawful corporate-fabricated whine rock.

Oh, the humanity! Won't somebody think of the children?

Oh, hang on...

And you thought... (1)

Billosaur (927319) | about 9 years ago | (#14426986)

Bill Gates was bad... Murdoch eats people and companies for lunch. As soon as I heard about this, I knew MySpace was doomed. Not that I use it or care about it. I imagine the denizens of MySpace will revolt, usage stats will plummet, someone will start an alternate site with no restrictions, and next thing you know Murdoch will be flogging his "yes-men" for making him buy the fsck-ing company.

MySpacers are revolting! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14427020)


Corporate (1)

certel (849946) | about 9 years ago | (#14427038)

It doesn't surprise me seeing as this is now a corporate adventure...

bad... (1)

(-hrair-) (942503) | about 9 years ago | (#14427045)

Who cares whether or not you like myspace? The problem is that a company was blocking people from using the names of its competitors through its communication service. What if this started to happen on all the real blog sites? Like what if you couldn't post a link from Livejournal to Blogspot or Greatest Journal? That's why this is definitely a case of something that could become really bad. Imagine if this happened to IM. This, to me, shows a willingness of communications companies to censor. Hopefully, this will not ever occur.

someguy789: My ___ is someguy789@msn.com
somepersn325: Awesome, where can I download _______________
someguy789: at ___________________________


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