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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.

list ordered by
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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
Comcast is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Mass media, Telecommunications, Cable television
3
Time Warner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Music industry, Mass media, Media
4
Apple is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
5
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
Verizon Communications is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
superkiler12 added Telephone Communications, Except Radiotelephone, Telecommunications
7
Go Daddy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
8
Twitter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
9
BuzzFeed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
darren-bell added
clickity click
10
Microsoft Corporation is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Consumer electronics, Software, Publishing
11
Zynga is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Desertrat89 added
12
Yahoo! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Search Engine Marketing, Computer Integrated Systems Design, Media
13
McAfee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
RateMyTips added Computer security, Software, Computer
14
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
Adobe Systems is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Software, Computer, Prepackaged Software
16
Hulu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
17
United Airlines is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
jschro1861 added Transportation
18
eBay is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Online shopping, Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portal, Business Services
19
Instagram is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Natalie Yu added
20
YouTube is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
21
Etsy is listed (or ranked) 21 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.
22
ranker.com is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Phoenix234 added
23
Amazon.com is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses, Retail, Online service provider
24
LinkedIn Corporation is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Social Networking Software, Online service provider
25
Verisign is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Evil Internet Company
Software development, Computer, Telecommunications