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MySpace and YouTube


John Simkin
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Last July, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation bought MySpace for $629m (£355m). Soon afterwards angry members of MySpace, the personal file-sharing website, started accusing Murdoch 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.

It does not surprise me that Murdoch was willing to buy MySpace (he could not afford YouTube). It is vitally important for the ruling elite to get control of this new means of communicating information.

http://www.youtube.com/

http://www.myspace.com/

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