Last week there was some controversy about Yahoo. A man named Ed Callahan wanted to get a Yahoo e-mail account but was unable to get one under his own name because Yahoo didn't allow 'Allah' in his name:
He said that he tried different usernames and found that using other names was all right as long as he did not use Allah, which is Arabic for God. "The war on terror is becoming a war on Muslims," Callahan alleged. Elinor Mills reporting for CNET News.com says that after the news of the ban was made public by The Daily Hampshire Gazette on Friday, it was picked up all over the Web and created a furor.
Attempting to avoid a backlash, Yahoo said on Wednesday that it was lifting the ban and issued a statement clarifying the reasons behind its initial actions, "A small number of people registered for IDs using specific terms with the sole purpose of promoting hate, and then used those IDs to post content that was harmful or threatening to others, thus violating Yahoo's Terms of Service," the statement said.