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The Most Evil Internet Company

Updated May 6, 2021 8.6k votes 1.6k voters 46.5k views

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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  • 1
    539
    120

    Facebook

    Social Network
    Facebook wouldn't exist if we didn't voluntarily share our personal data.
  • 2
    334
    99

    Comcast

    Mass media, Telecommunications
  • 3
    233
    86

    Time Warner

    Music industry, Mass media
  • 4
    343
    196

    Google

    Search Engine Marketing, Advertising
    In Nov. 2013, Google will include users' names and photos in their ads unless users opt-out. Evil?
  • 5
    360
    168
  • 6
    165
    83

    Verisign

    Software development, Computer
  • 7
    212
    136
  • 8
    135
    65

    Verizon Communications

    Telephone Communications, Except Radiotelephone
  • 9
    173
    133
  • 10
    239
    197

    Microsoft Corporation

    Consumer electronics, Software
  • 11
    110
    41
    clickity click
  • 12
    78
    33

    Linkedin

    Social Networking Software, Online service provider
  • 13
    90
    43

    Bell Media

    Mass media, Radio Broadcasting
  • 14
    147
    123

    Yahoo!

    Search Engine Marketing, Computer Integrated Systems Design
  • 15
    108
    82
  • 16
    93
    56

    McAfee

    Computer security, Software
  • 17
    75
    48

    RealNetworks

    Software development, Software
  • 18
    144
    143

    Amazon.com

    Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses, Retail
  • 19
    75
    71

    Charter Communications

    Telecommunications, Cable television
  • 20
    92
    77

    YouTube

    Data Processing, Hosting
  • 21
    99
    64
  • 22
    115
    122

    Adobe Systems

    Software, Computer
  • 23
    56
    26
  • 24
    95
    109
  • 25
    109
    120

    eBay

    Online shopping, Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portal