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MySpace founder Brad Greenspan isn't too happy with the censorship creeping into the social networking behemoth, so he has decided to take the matter to the US courts.

Greenspan’s lawsuit accuses the company of censoring users of the world's most popular social networking site by barring references to competing websites, including his own.

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles by Greenspan’s LiveUniverse, accuses News Corp of illegally trying to create a monopoly by censoring users' blog entries that mention Greenspan's own vidiLife.com and other video, photo and social Internet sites.

Greenspan said News Corp’s censorship of MySpace was ‘evil behaviour’:

"When we started MySpace in 2003, we empowered users by giving them full control over their profile pages.”

“MySpace has flourished by partnering with users and protecting their rights to express themselves and have freedom of choice on their profile page.”

“News Corp's moves to destroy and limit the freedom MySpace users have enjoyed is analogous to the strategies a dictator would employ after seizing control of a previously free nation."

There are several examples of censorship imposed on users since News Corp bought MySpace for $580 million last year:

Brad Greenspan has set up a site, CensorSpace.com, and has promised to donate any money earned from litigation to anti-censorship organisations.

Graham Charlton

Published 3 November, 2006 by Graham Charlton

Graham Charlton is the former Editor-in-Chief at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter or connect via Linkedin or Google+

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Darryl Remnant, Oz Designs

That Robert Murdoch is one sharp dude.

Darryl

over 9 years ago

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steve sampson, owner at troon media

I didn't hear too much waling from Mr Greenspan when he trousered all those Murdoch dollars. (for a site which made next to no money - but you couldn't buy now for $2B a year later) jealous guy? Get over it - you've been "outgeniused".

over 9 years ago

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lenny

both you and murdoch are fags

over 6 years ago

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