Kevin Rose, founder of Digg.com, has announced that Digg will remove (still live this AM) the “Top Diggers” list in order to help lower the perceived manipulation of the Digg system by those top diggers.
Now, Kevin clearly explains that he does not believe the top diggers were manipulating the system. In fact, he says that the top diggers “are being blamed by some outlets as leading efforts to manipulate Digg.” It is because of that reason, Digg has removed the list.
As Pronet Advertising shows some top diggers were made monetary offers to help promote content to the home page.
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