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Verizon Sued by Dissident Claiming Yahoo Ties to China Crackdown

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The Verizon Communications Inc. subsidiary that acquired Yahoo! Inc. in 2017 was sued in the U.S. by a Chinese activist over an alleged secret pact between Beijing and former Yahoo executives that led to the torture of dissidents.

Ning Xianhua, a survivor of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, says in a complaint filed Wednesday that years later he continued his activism by using a Yahoo email account to “privately spread pro-democracy messages and publications,” believing the American company’s services offered him and other activists security.