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It wasn't too long ago I came around in favor of Yahoo!, but that's all a wrap now.
When I started this site, my largest impetus was the ignorant street code of "Stop Snitching."
Snitching is important and has been responsible for some of the biggest changes in society and I wanted to give the word "snitch" a different connotation.
But not all snitching is good and not every "Snitch of the Week" is good. It's just about the most noteworthy act of snitching that week. Whether it's bitch-ass Yahoo! or someone commendable.
Last week several U.S. Internet companies were called to testify in front of Congress about their censorship activities in China.
While that's noteworthy and all, what really caught my attention was the question from Representative Chris Smith, a Republican from New Jersey who asked the dirtiest question of the year,
"If the secret police a half century ago asked where Anne Frank was hiding, would the correct answer be to hand over the information in order to comply with local laws?" [US Rep. Chris] Smith (R-NJ) asked. "We must stand with the oppressed, not the oppressors."
Followed by U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos, a California Democrat and a Holocaust survivor who said
"Your abhorrent activities in China are a disgrace," Lantos told the tech executives. "I simply do not understand how your corporate leadership sleeps at night."
One jailed journalist was bad, but now that Yahoo! has helped send three Chinese dissidents (that we know of) to jail, they are officially on my shitlist.
Would Yahoo! give up Anne Frank's e-mail diary location?
As Nicholas Kristof, the gulliest white man in America says,
"Yahoo sold its soul and is a national disgrace. It is still dissembling, and nobody should touch Yahoo until it provides financially for the families of the three men it helped lock up and establishes annual fellowships in their names to bring Web journalists to America on study programs."
He issues some criticisms about Google, Microsoft and Cisco but clearly Yahoo! is the worst offender.
And one of Yahoo!'s co-founders is Chinese!
I bought my domain name, www.startsnitching.com, through Yahoo!.
I have co-branded Verizon/Yahoo! DSL.
I use Yahoo! Launchcast and their Yahoo! e-mail.
I'm not a knee-jerk boycotter, so many corporations are crooked that you would be living in a jungle and drinking from a river if you boycotted everything shady, and I understand the Internet market appeal of China, but Yahoo!'s overzealous cooperation with the Chinese government is a disturbing.
China is a country that openly rolls with Sudan for God's sake.
Yahoo!, for your shameless endeavors in governmental cooperation, from handing over search records to the Bush administration, to happily opening your books to the Chinese government, you are the Snitch of the Week.