After an investigation on the platforms, the three e-commerce tech giants have finally removed white-supremacist and neo-Nazi goods on their websites.
Racist books and flags were notoriously sold on Google, Wish, and Amazon by white supremacists, and the e-commerce websites’ algorithm happen to have recommended these items, like the Ku Klux Klan merchandise, to many of its users. Just today, all three of the companies have announced via BBC that the said racist products are banned on their platforms.
Some examples of these now-banned online goods had logos that featured a burning LGBTQ+ flag and the supremacist flag that was even worn by the Christchurch gunman in 2019 wherein he murdered 51 people. Based on the companies’ guidelines, these products violate policies as they promote hate.
Amazon responded to BBC that the products “are no longer available and we’ve taken action on the bad actors that offered the products and violated our policies.”
This is not the first time that a tech company has been under investigation because of its algorithm. It’s quite familiar, especially in the social media platform like Facebook. Like what Oren Segal from the Ani-Defamation League has said to BBC, these algorithms need to be “taught to be responsible,” especially in this era where most of the population has gone digital.
Meanwhile, Amazon’s leader, Jeff Bezos, along with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple’s Tim Cook, and Google’s Sundar Pichai, has had their hearing on Monday, regarding the anti-trust probe, rescheduled. The companies have been under investigation for a year and this meeting, which was moved online via video link, with the anti-trust panel would have been its culmination.
The new meeting schedule is reported to be on August 3, to give all politicians the time to attend the service of deceased civil rights activist, John Lewis.