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Amazon Is Used to Promote White Supremacist Merchandise and Views, Report Says

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Amazon, which reported a net income of more than $1.6 billion in the first quarter of this year, is facing criticism that hate groups use it to sell merchandise and promote their ideas. Credit Bryan Anselm for the New York (NY)Times

  • Amazon is helping to line the pockets of hate groups.
  • “This is a conversation about morals and ethics and their own terms of service,” said Danielle Citron, a professor at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and author of the book “Hate Crimes in Cyberspace.”
  • Related: How did we let modern slavery become part of our everyday lives?

Mihir Zaveri, New York (NY) Times

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July 8, 2018 | Two nonprofits are criticizing Amazon for allowing its platforms to spread white supremacy and racism, identifying in a report how shoppers can buy onesies for babies stamped with alt-right images, Nazi-themed action figures and anti-Semitic books and music.

The report, which was released on Friday by the Partnership for Working Families and the Action Center on Race and the Economy, said Amazon’s policies allow it to bar hateful or offensive merchandise and content, but the policies are “weak and inadequately enforced” and allow hate groups to “generate revenue, propagate their ideas and grow their movements.”

Mihir Zaveri covers breaking news for The New York (NY) Times. He was previously a reporter for the Houston (TX) Chronicle, where he was part of a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news for their coverage of Hurricane Harvey.

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How did we let modern slavery become part of our everyday lives? Felicity Lawrence, the Guardian

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  • Society abhors exploitation but we are complicit. The cheap goods and services consumers expectmakes exploitation inevitable.
  • Related: Amazon’s Wal-Mart problem: Why low wages, working conditions,  and disdain for culture will hurt us all.


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