This morning, ZDNet.com ran a story that made misleading and incorrect statements about Yahoo! and Iran. It alleged — quoting information from a single source — that Yahoo! representatives met with Iranian authorities last week after Yahoo! was blocked in Iran and agreed to disclose data on hundreds of thousands of users.
The claims are false. Neither Yahoo! nor any Yahoo! representative has met with or communicated with Iranian officials regarding the matters referenced in the article, and Yahoo! has not disclosed user data to the Iranian government. ZDNet has since called the report unreliable, but we’re disappointed we weren’t given a chance to weigh in before the story was published.
You can read more about the situation on our Business & Human Rights Program blog.
UPDATE: ZDNet retracted its story this evening.