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Internet The Most Evil Internet Company  

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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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1
690 157
Facebook is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
JoĆ£oNuno added Social Network
Facebook wouldn't exist if we didn't voluntarily share our personal data.

2
456 133
Comcast is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Mass media, Telecommunications, Cable television

3
307 110
Time Warner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Music industry, Mass media, Media

4
496 215
Apple is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company

5
432 255
Google is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Search Engine Marketing, Advertising, Software
In Nov. 2013, Google will include users' names and photos in their ads unless users opt-out. Evil?

6
264 169
Twitter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company

7
323 256
Microsoft Corporation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Consumer electronics, Software, Publishing

8
250 156
Go Daddy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company

9
159 75
Verizon Communications is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
superkiler12 added Telephone Communications, Except Radiotelephone, Telecommunications

10
100 27
BuzzFeed is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
darren-bell added
clickity click

11
193 154
Yahoo! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Search Engine Marketing, Computer Integrated Systems Design, Media

12
147 90
Zynga is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Desertrat89 added

13
161 144
Adobe Systems is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Software, Computer, Prepackaged Software

14
103 85
Charter Communications is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
arun added Telecommunications, Cable television, Cable and Other Pay Television Services

15
155 145
eBay is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Online shopping, Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portal, Business Services

16
136 130
Hulu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company

17
105 57
McAfee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
RateMyTips added Computer security, Software, Computer

18
100 109
Activision is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
HMSvictory added Video game industry, Prepackaged Software

19
79 74
YouTube is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services

20
76 52
MasterCard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Financial Services, Business Services, NEC

21
65 36
United Airlines is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
jschro1861 added Transportation

22
155 182
Amazon.com is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses, Retail, Online service provider

23
34 8
Instagram is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Natalie Yu added

24
59 59
Etsy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Desertrat89 added
It knowingly turns a blind eye to all the cheap, overseas resellers that make up the majority of its supposed "handmade" goods.

25
76 106
Verisign is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Software development, Computer, Telecommunications