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The most evil Internet company is the one that requires you to add them on Facebook to read an article, makes you sign away your first born in their terms of service, and invades your privacy, including all your contacts on your smartphone. These evil Internet companies do all of that and then some but provide services that are so vital to our digital lives that we allow them to do these things anyway.

If there was a scumbag Internet company meme, these well-known websites, social networks, domain registrars, and online services would all appear there with the trademark backwards hat. For one reason or another, all of these companies are hated for their shady practices, privacy concerns, or ways they've screwed over the little guy en route to becoming wildly successful.

It's not a coincidence that some of the biggest and most popular Internet companies are also the most evil. Google and Facebook, the two websites that lead all others in terms of traffic and their user base, are the first two that come to mind. Both have been in the news for various customer concerns, including dipping their hands into the unknowing private information of people around the globe, but both also offer industry leading services that many of us simply cannot live without.

Other companies, such as the iPhone innovator Apple, the domain registrar, Go Daddy, and the online payment service PayPal, may not be universally used like the big companies, but each also does something that puts them in the "evil" category.

Have a grudge against an Internet company? Find an evil company that we missed? Add it or vote for it below and tell us why the company is evil in the comments. It might not make the company change their evil ways, but hopefully, it will provide a bit of solace instead.

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Facebook is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Facebook Social Network - Facebook wouldn't exist if we didn't voluntarily share our personal data.

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2
+ - 355 113
Comcast is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Comcast Mass media, Telecommunications, Cable television

3
+ - 244 86
Time Warner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Time Warner Music industry, Mass media, Media

4
+ - 414 178
Apple is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company

5
+ - 336 214
Google is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Google Search Engine Marketing, Advertising, Software - In Nov. 2013, Google will include users' names and photos in their ads unless users opt-out. Evil?

6
+ - 222 116
Go Daddy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company

7
+ - 275 209
Microsoft Corporation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Microsoft Corporation Consumer electronics, Software, Publishing

8
+ - 197 142
Twitter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company

9
+ - 128 64
Zynga is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company

10
+ - 162 124
Yahoo! is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Yahoo! Search Engine Marketing, Computer Integrated Systems Design, Media

11
+ - 110 54
Verizon Communications is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Verizon Communications Telephone Communications, Except Radiotelephone, Telecommunications

12
+ - 141 114
Adobe Systems is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Adobe Systems Software, Computer, Prepackaged Software

13
+ - 134 115
eBay is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
eBay Online shopping, Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portal, Business Services

14
+ - 119 107
Hulu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company

15
+ - 82 71
Charter Communications is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Charter Communications Telecommunications, Cable television, Cable and Other Pay Television Services

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+ - 35 12
BuzzFeed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
BuzzFeed clickity click

17
+ - 74 42
McAfee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
McAfee Computer security, Software, Computer

18
+ - 89 91
Activision is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Activision Video game industry, Prepackaged Software

19
+ - 70 91
Verisign is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Verisign Software development, Computer, Telecommunications

20
+ - 49 38
MasterCard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
MasterCard Financial Services, Business Services, NEC

21
+ - 45 46
Etsy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Etsy It knowingly turns a blind eye to all the cheap, overseas resellers that make up the majority of its supposed "handmade" goods.

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+ - 38 24
United Airlines is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
United Airlines Transportation

23
+ - 107 146
Amazon.com is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Amazon.com Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses, Retail, Online service provider

24
+ - 35 41
Foursquare is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company

25
+ - 29 36
Bell Media is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Bell Media Mass media, Radio Broadcasting, Digital media

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+ - 20 11
ranker.com is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company

27
+ - 48 78
Klout is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company

28
+ - 29 41
RealNetworks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
RealNetworks Software development, Software, Computer

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+ - 24 38
Deadknife Records is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company

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+ - 13 13
Linkedin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Linkedin

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+ - 6 1
Instagram is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company

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+ - 37 45
Spotify LTD is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company

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+ - 2 1
Algérie Tél&eacu... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Algérie Télécom

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+ - 10 12
Visa Inc. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Visa Inc. Financial Services

35
+ - 20 39
eMachines is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company

36
+ - 30 59
YouTube is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
YouTube Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services

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+ - 9 28
Pornhub is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company

38
+ - 45 96
Yelp is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company

39
+ - 11 21
Weebly is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Weebly

40
+ - 6 13
Kidsblog is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Kidsblog

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+ - 5 12
Pbskidsgo.org is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Pbskidsgo.org

42
+ - 4 11
CDW is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
CDW Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses

43
+ - 12 20
Firestone Tire and Rubber Comp... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company

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+ - 6 14
Pbs.org is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Pbs.org

45
+ - 12 24
Baidu is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Baidu Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portal

46
+ - 9 22
Weebly is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company

47
+ - 7 18
Soundcloud is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Soundcloud

48
+ - 5 15
Last.FM is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Last.FM

49
+ - 8 21
Reverbnation is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Reverbnation

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+ - 5 18
Pbskids.org is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Pbskids.org