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.
1 684 155 JoãoNuno added Facebook Social Network - Facebook wouldn't exist if we didn't voluntarily share our personal data.
2 454 132 Comcast Mass media, Telecommunications, Cable television
3 305 109 Time Warner Music industry, Mass media, Media
4 493 213
5 427 254 Google Search Engine Marketing, Advertising, Software - In Nov. 2013, Google will include users' names and photos in their ads unless users opt-out. Evil?
6 262 167
7 249 155
8 319 254 Microsoft Corporation Consumer electronics, Software, Publishing
9 158 73 superkiler12 added Verizon Communications Telephone Communications, Except Radiotelephone, Telecommunications
10 98 25 darren-bell added BuzzFeed clickity click
11 190 154 Yahoo! Search Engine Marketing, Computer Integrated Systems Design, Media
12 145 89 Desertrat89 added Zynga
13 160 142 Adobe Systems Software, Computer, Prepackaged Software
14 154 143 eBay Online shopping, Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portal, Business Services
15 101 85 arun added Charter Communications Telecommunications, Cable television, Cable and Other Pay Television Services
16 105 56 RateMyTips added McAfee Computer security, Software, Computer
17 134 130
18 99 109 HMSvictory added Activision Video game industry, Prepackaged Software
19 76 51 MasterCard Financial Services, Business Services, NEC
20 77 72 YouTube Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
21 64 36 jschro1861 added United Airlines Transportation
22 154 182 Amazon.com Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses, Retail, Online service provider
23 33 7 Natalie Yu added Instagram
24 58 59 Desertrat89 added Etsy It knowingly turns a blind eye to all the cheap, overseas resellers that make up the majority of its supposed "handmade" goods.
25 75 106 Verisign Software development, Computer, Telecommunications
26 55 38 Phoenix234 added ranker.com
27 44 52
28 29 19 Visa Inc. Financial Services
29 37 46 Bell Media Mass media, Radio Broadcasting, Digital media
30 28 23 Linkedin Social Networking Software, Online service provider
31 35 51 RealNetworks Software development, Software, Computer
32 51 90
33 27 47
34 25 46
35 54 104
36 26 52 Phoenix234 added Porn Hub
37 46 59 cmm1285 added Spotify
38 7 9 Sabry added Algérie Télécom
39 21 31 Baidu Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portal
40 6 6 74321 added CogniTech Corporation
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