LIVESTRONG.com was a long-standing online content aggregator and destination for content creators who could not work with a website.
When the site was acquired by WordPress last year, the blog was closed, with its editors and content removed.
Today, the site has some of the same functions it used to have, though it has since moved to a new hosting company, and now has a new logo and its domain name has been changed to LIVESTRY.COM.
In March, WordPress announced it was rolling back the site’s content policies, and removing a number of sections and features including a page called “We’ve all got it wrong, you might as well take a shower” and a page titled “Have your LinkedIn profile.”
The site has also changed its branding, which was inspired by a “Pillow Fight,” a 2005 episode of HBO’s hit sitcom Pillows.
(The show, which has since been replaced by the more popular The Hangover Part III, centers on a real life fight between two pillow fighters.)
The site, which hosts about 15 million unique visitors per month, has been plagued with plagiarism problems for some time.
The most recent incident occurred late last year when a user who had never previously been signed into LinkedIn wrote an article, submitted an article and claimed it had been created by a third party.
The user’s article was subsequently deleted.
In October, Facebook pulled the site, as the Facebook Community Standards team learned how to fix the problems.
The site’s staff is now trying to identify those responsible for what they believe are plagiarism errors that have been reported by LinkedIn users.
In the interim, they are actively seeking to find and remove any user content that appears to be plagiarized, but are working with the new hosting provider to get the site back online.
LivesTRONG, for its part, was one of the sites that got shuttered after allegations surfaced online in 2013.
In January of this year, LinkedIn had begun an investigation into the allegations and identified the source of the plagiarism.
The site was closed and its site name was changed to LifeStrong.com.LIVESTRONAUTs, the third person to be fired from LifeStrung.com after a plagiarism claim, told Mashable he wasn’t surprised that his account had been shut down.
“It felt like a lot of work to get out of here.
I had been working with them for a while and I thought it was a good time to go.”
The source, he said, has the same LinkedIn username as LifeStright and it was the only one listed on the site.
In an interview with Mashable, LinkedIn spokeswoman Jennifer Heintz said, “I believe in a very strong commitment of transparency and integrity.
I don’t think it was an appropriate use of the LinkedIn platform to remove the user.”
Heintz also said that LifeStrongs actions have been “completely isolated from each other, from anyone on LinkedIn and from any other sites that the user might have visited” or accessed on the service.
She added, “The investigation has focused primarily on the person who submitted the article for inclusion on LifeStrings home page.”
He also said “the vast majority” of articles on Lifestrung.net were not plagiarized.
However, one article from March from Lifestrong.COM had the user’s name on a picture of the site: “This post is my name, my personal LinkedIn profile and my employer.”
He says he did not submit that article because his employer’s page didn’t look like the one on LifeStrong.
The source said in an email that his name was on a LinkedIn photo of him, not a “real” profile photo.
He said he is “really embarrassed” that someone would use someone’s name to post an article.
“If you do any kind of work, you shouldn’t be posting an image of yourself as an advertisement.
It’s very insensitive,” he told Mashup.
He also says he feels “traumatized” to find himself a target of online sleuths for plagiarism and “disgusted” that he had his name linked to a real person’s photo.
He had emailed the site to ask about the account being hacked, but it never responded.
“I was just waiting for the LinkedIn team to come out and say that no we’re not aware of any hack, no I’ve never seen that anywhere.
I’m not saying it didn’t happen because no one else has the username.
I just want it to be cleared up,” he said.
He is also angry that other people might think he is the source because he said he “wrote an article on the subject.
I wrote one page about a person who worked