Last week Yahoo said it was “aligned” with Google’s position that the violation of internet privacy was deeply disturbing and something that had to be opposed.
But a spokesman for Yahoo’s business partner in China, the Alibaba Group, said over the weekend that it did not think this was a good idea.
Beijing has tried to play down Google’s threat to pull out of China because of attacks by hackers and censorship.
Yahoo pulled out of China several years ago when it sold much of its business there to the Alibaba Group, in which owns 39 per cent. Alibaba runs Taobao, China’s largest online retailer, as well as the country’s largest e-commerce site, Alibaba.com.
John Spelich, Alibaba Group said Yahoo was reckless when it made such statements and “communicated to Yahoo that Yahoo’s statement that it is ‘aligned’ with the position Google took last week was reckless given the lack of facts in evidence”.
Yahoo has not said if it is considering flogging its Alibaba shares.