Yahoo lifts Allah ban

Posted on Monday, February 27 2006 @ 4:16 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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 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.
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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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