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Yahoo caught censoring Open Sauce

Blessing the Vole
Fri Jan 25 2008, 09:32

YAHOO has been accused of favouring Microsoft over Open Sauce software on its Yahoo Answers service.

Amanda Kerik responded to a problem that a user was having with their Windows machine that since they had to do a re-install they might as well install Ubuntu Linux.

She got a message back from Yahoo claiming that such a comment was in violation of its Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. It deleted her answer and warned her not to post anything like that again.

The incident has created a bit of a stir after Kerik posted it on her bog and there are dark mutterings about a Yahoo boycott.

According to Slated it is further proof that Yahoo is a bit too close to the Vole. It has previously supplied them with search and ad services and even if a merger is of the drawing board, it appears the two companies are working closely.

It claims the issue raises the head about reliability of web search outfits. It ponders if Yahoo will start censoring other areas which have negative references to Microsoft or Windows.

Not likely perhaps, but Yahoo should be kicking itself that it was a tad heavy handed with Kerik.


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