- Some consumers and advocates are protesting against Amazon for selling products that convey messages of anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and other hate. Many are urging others not to shop the Prime Day sales.
- Despite Amazon’s policy prohibiting its third-party sellers from selling any products that “promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance,” several items have slipped through the gaps.
- These items include Neo-Nazi paraphernalia and products with the image of Pepe the Frog.
Amazon is being accused of profiting from the sales of products with racist and anti-Semitic messages.
On Tuesday, in the midst of Prime Day sales, angry consumers and advocates camped outside an Amazon summit at the Javits Center in New York to protest against the retailer for allowing the sale of products that convey hateful messages on its website.
The protest is being run by Make The Road NY, a local organisation advocating for the rights of immigrants.
Earlier this month, a report released by two non-profits, the Partnership for Working Families and the Action Center on Race and the Economy, outlined how Amazon’s “weak and inadequately enforced” policies were allowing hate groups to sell things like Neo-Nazi paraphernalia and products with the image of Pepe the Frog. While several products mentioned in the report have since been removed from its website, others remain.
Amazon’s third-party-seller policy prohibits the sale of “products that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organisations with such views.” Despite this, many items seem to be falling through the gaps.
“Third-party sellers who use our Marketplace service must follow our guidelines and those who don’t are subject to swift action including potential removal of their account,” a spokesperson for Amazon told Business Insider.
These are actual items for sale on @Amazon. It’s UNACCEPTABLE for the largest platform in the world to profit from and facilitate the sale of white supremacist and nazi merchandise.
— Make the Road NY ???? (@MaketheRoadNY) July 17, 2018
— Daniel Altschuler ???? (@altochulo) July 17, 2018
It's time for @amazon to #StopDeliveringHate! I'm standing with @TishJames @RWDSU @MaketheRoadNY @nychange @ALIGNny on #PrimeDay to say the world's largest marketplace is no place for hate propaganda. #primedayofaction pic.twitter.com/abPrKEiQ6s
— Scott M. Stringer (@NYCComptroller) July 17, 2018
This isn’t the only anti-Amazon campaign that’s taking place on this year’s Prime Day.
On Monday, hundreds of consumers took to social media to say they would boycott the company and its CEO, Jeff Bezos, for its working environment and tax policies. Amazon workers in Europe also went on strike to protest against conditions at its warehouses.
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