Mar. 5th, 2010

She discovered something nicely unsettling: LiveJournal removes/d your kickback IDs from links to sites like Amazon, iTunes and tons more, and substitutes its own. I suppose kickback theft is one way to make money off of blogging farms...

LJ has responded by now, saying the code has been pulled. Apparently, it hasn't been excised completely, though. [livejournal.com profile] vichan has been keeping tabs on the whole thing, and I hope she'll keep doing so.

The official line is "this code didn't do what it was supposed to do", but inasfar as I know, there's no such thing as a composite referral tag; you can't catenate them, as LJ claims it was attempting, only overwrite them. It should've been obvious the code couldn't work, but it's been in place since January. That's kind of an inexpert jab at misdirection.

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