Yahoo Getting PR Body Slammed
from the everywhere-you-look,-another-negative-story dept
It would seem that September is not Yahoo’s month. Lots of companies end up facing period of bad press, but in the last week alone — with much of it coming in the last day — it’s amazing to see how many stories have started spreading that cast Yahoo in a negative light. Last week it kicked off with the story that the latest version of Yahoo’s instant messaging offering bundled a lot more than users asked for in the “default” install — leading to a number of pissed off users. Yesterday, came the accusations that Yahoo was becoming a haven for phishing scams and the quickly spreading news from this evening was the story of how Yahoo may have given Chinese officials the info they needed to track down and jail a journalist who had reported on things the Chinese government didn’t want revealed. To top it all off, I just came across an article saying that Al Qaeda terrorists are using Yahoo mailing lists — again, placing the blame squarely on Yahoo. Obviously, there are a lot of different ways to respond to the various stories, but it seems like Yahoo has suddenly become a magnet for negative stories.