Telegraph hacked and spammed to hell and back
“It is with the greatest regret and sadness that I have been asked to announce the termination, with effect from midnight (BST) Sunday, 23rd May, 2010, of the My Telegraph blogsite.”
It’s a real shame that they couldn’t get on top of the spam issue – community is central to the future of the web and My Telegraph was a bold (if ultimately futile) bid to let newspaper readers engage with other on topics of the day in an unmediated space.
UPDATE: Whoops! That last update was a spoof story on a fake ID (which kind of proved the point when you think about it) Big kudos to whoever pulled that off so quickly and amusingly.
Another day, another major media property allows its website to drift into the hands of autospammers. Anthony Shapley first alerted the Telegraph to this problem some weeks ago and chased it up, but evidently to no avail. Here’s what Google shows today.
Of course, that’s not the route many people will take to see what’s on the site – but the view is no better when you actually go to the homepage, which is pretty much overrun with this shit.
It’s hard to conceive that in 2010 a big important news outlet could let itself be highjacked in this way. Everyone else in the industry has managed to figure out nofollows, moderation, ajax fuelled comment systems and the rest but I guess not at the Telegraph.