One good link hijack deserves another.
Pranksters riddled a new Republican-branded URL-shortening service this week with unwelcome links juxtaposing the GOP brand with ironic web pages, such as one featuring a sex toy in the likeness of Barack Obama. The pranks forced the party’s web consultant, Political Media, to block certain URLs manually and work on implementing an automatic filtering system.
Now the Republicans are hoping to have the last laugh. Political Media recently flipped a switch redirecting the blocked URLs to GOP action pages, Wired.com has learned, such as the one pictured to the right.
“Initially, we deleted them, and they went to an invalid page,” said Political Media president Larry Ward. “In the spirit of good-fun politics, we’ve re-pointing them all to a GOP action page.”