Amazon CEO: Retailer Won’t Remove Anti-semitic Film Linked By Kyrie Irving

Amazon CEO: Retailer Won’t Remove Anti-semitic Film Linked By Kyrie Irving

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On Wednesday, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said the company would not be removing the antisemitic film Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America from its streaming service. Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a Jewish group, has asked Amazon to remove the film from its streaming service. It contains antisemitic tropes, and allegations that Jews have conspired throughout history to oppress Black people.



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The video first received widespread attention near the end of October after Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving shared a link to it on Twitter.

Speaking at the New York Times DealBook Summit, Jassy — who is Jewish — said Amazon should allow access to controversial viewpoints. He said: “As a retailer that sells content to millions of customers with many different viewpoints, we must allow access to those viewpoints even if they’re objectionable. They can be objectionable and differ from ours.” “

Jassy said that Amazon must adhere to its policies and not censor content. Jassy stated that if the media “actively encourages or promotes violence,” Jassy said, or “teaches people to do pedophilia,” it is easier to remove it. “

Amazon boasts “very extensive customer reviews,” Jassy said. Customers are good at warning others when they see media that has received a lot of public attention. According to the Times, Amazon has indicated that it is considering adding a disclaimer to Wake Up, but Jassy also expressed confidence in customer reviews playing a role in how the video is perceived.

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