FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. - A Wisconsin man who was denied a
Yahoo! e-mail account because his name contains the word
"Allah" has won his battle of wills with the Internet
company. Ed Callahan said he was at first baffled when
he couldn't register for an address with ecallahan, so
he tried other variations, and still kept getting refused.
He tried contacting Yahoo!, but got no response, so he
went to the media, the Winona (Minn.) Daily News reported.
That's when the company finally spoke up and said it
didn't allow any addresses containing the word Allah, the
Arabic word for God. Callahan tried registering variations
on such words as "God," "Jesus," "Buddha" and "Satan," and
they were all accepted. Callahan said he understands that
certain addresses such as "administrator" or others that
pretend to be official need to be blocked. But he doesn't
understand blocking the word "Allah," and said "it smacks
of discrimination." Yahoo! spokeswoman Meagan Busath said
Callahan's concerns helped prompt the company to re-examine
its policy and make the change.
Thanks to Coffee Break for the story.