Report claims Amazon copied popular products & manipulated searches to prioritize their knockoffs

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Internal Amazon documents, according to a recent report, reveal that the company manufactured knockoff items and influenced search results in India to promote its own product lines.

According to Reuters, Amazon has been creating knockoff products and modifying search results to boost its own product lines, according to internal documents.

Per the Reuters report, the documents reveal that Amazon’s private-brands team in India used internal information from its Marketplace to discover popular goods offered by other businesses and then replicate them to compete against them.

According to a strategy report from 2016, the private-brand team also allegedly changed Amazon’s search results so that Amazon-owned brands would appear in the top two or three search results.

The famous shirt brand John Miller, which is owned by a firm whose CEO Kishore Biyani is regarded as India’s “retail king,” was among the brands cloned. Amazon allegedly decided to “follow the measurements” of John Miller shirts down to the precise neck diameter and sleeve length, thus producing Amazon-branded replicas.

Amazon workers allegedly analyzed private data from other companies on Amazon.in with the goal of finding and targeting items that could be used as a “reference” or “benchmark” product that Amazon could “replicate,” according to the obtained internal documents.

This isn’t the first time Amazon has been accused of unethical behavior.

As noted in a previous Breitbart News report, in 2020, the e-commerce behemoth purportedly arranged meetings with startup businesses to explore their ideas under the guise of possibly investing in them, only to launch rival items in comparable areas later.

In April of 2020, Amazon was also accused of doing precisely what the new Reuters report alleges – essentially utilizing data and sales statistics to target third-party goods and then developing their own equivalents.

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Amazon Web Services – which kicked Parler off platform over “violence” – caught hosting ISIS on platform

(Originally published August 28th, 2021, by Pat Droney)

 

The following contains some editorial content which is the opinion of the author, a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

SEATTLE, WA- Know this…Amazon is not only the enemy of small business across the U.S. it is also an enemy of the people of the U.S.

The same company that removed the social media app Parler from its web hosting service, Amazon Web Services (AWS) in January, had until this week hosted the propaganda arm of ISIS on its cloud-based service.

When Amazon removed Parler earlier this year just days after the so-called “insurrection” at the US Capitol, it claimed this was done because users posted language on its site that might “incite violence.”

Of course anyone who wants to post such language is free to do so on Twitter unless that language targets liberals. If it targets conservatives, that’s fine.

Amazon of course is run by a bunch of hypocrites. In January (and actually much later), Amazon was discovered by the Media Research Center (MRC) to have some 204 products on its site which promoted violence against former President Donald Trump, Republicans, and police officers.

Examples included a coffee mug which showed a picture of Trump with the saying, “Where is Lee Harvey Oswald now that we really need him?” a reference to the man who allegedly assassinated President John F. Kennedy in 1963. There are numerous other examples cited by MRC.

In June, we reported that Amazon was promoting anti-police merchandise on their site, some of which advocated violence against law enforcement officers. Amazon defended the sale of such merchandise, claiming that they wanted “to provide customers with the widest possible selection of goods.”

This was in response to the Washington Free Beacon reaching out to Amazon about their continued sale of “Blue Lives Murder” merchandise on their platform.

Of course, Amazon has no problem with removing merchandise considered not to be politically correct, including merchandise that mocked Kamala Harris and of course engage in digital book-burning of any books which don’t meet the political agenda, such as those involving the transgender mafia of the alphabet movement.

Amazon, however had no problem whatsoever hosting a terrorist group, the Islamic State (ISIS) and their propaganda arm. It wasn’t until this week, after a group called “ISIS-K” killed hundreds of people in a terrorist attack at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, including United States Marines and a Navy corpsman, totaling thirteen in all, that Amazon removed them from its hosting service.

This came about only after the Washington Post reported on Thursday that ISIS relied on Amazon Web Services’ technology platform to promote violent radical extremism.

According to the Seattle Times, Nida-e-Haqq, an Islamic State media group which acts as the propaganda arm for ISIS has been using AWS to host its content, despite company policies that allege they don’t work with terror groups. AWS is the dominant cloud hosting service in the world.

To add insult to injury, after the Thursday’s terrorist attack, the group used AWS services to celebrate the attack. Amazon disabled the website on Friday…just in the nick of time, right Jeff Bezos?

The Times reported that content included on the now-disabled website included messages about the Islamic State-Khorasan sub-group that claimed responsibility for the deadly terrorist attack, according to Rita Katz, executive director of SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors online extremism and found the link between AWS and the group.

On Thursday, the Nida-e-Haqq app showed what it claimed was an image of the suicide bomber wrapped in an IED vest ahead of the explosion which caused the carnage in Afghanistan.

Hey, but at least they weren’t posting images critical of Democrats or anti-LGBTQ books.

In May, Law Enforcement Today reported on a company that was selling novelty “American Freedom Passports,” so-called “vaccination passports” which were clearly being sold as a tongue-in-cheek play on the ability of people to identify as members of the opposite sex, or perhaps as Rachel Dolezal did identifying as a different race. This allowed people the opportunity to “identify” as being vaccinated.

Well, Amazon was having none of that. American Freedom Passports, which was using Amazon Pay to collect payment from customers, was notified that Amazon closed their Amazon Pay account.

The claim was that the merchandise was being offered “may” have been in violation of Amazon’s “Acceptable Use Policy.”

American Freedom Passports appealed and to nobody’s surprise, were informed that the account was reviewed, and Amazon held to shutting down the account.

To make matters worse, Amazon doesn’t release the funds being held in the merchant’s account right away and hold the funds hostage for “90 days or upon completion of all pending investigations.” [emphasis added]

As we pointed out, Amazon has an issue with selling parody “vaccination passports” under it’s “false documents” narrative but sells The 1619 Project, a book that has been widely panned by historians and constitutional scholars as being factually incorrect with no basis in truth.

Terrorists using their web hosting service? It apparently wasn’t a problem until they got unmasked for doing so.

“(F)ollowing an investigation, we have disabled a website that linked to this app as it was in violation of the AWS Acceptable Use Policy,” said Amazon spokesman Casey McGee in an emailed statement sent late Friday after the Washington Post’s expose.

That policy prevents customers from using AWS “to threaten, incite, promote, or actively encourage violence, terrorism, or other serious harm.”

The Times reported that according to Katz, the source code for the app “draws words and images from a website for the Islamic State propaganda arm.” The Post said that since the content is password protected, the content couldn’t be reviewed by them, however the outlet was able to report that according to domain records, the terrorist organization was hosted by Amazon Web Services since April.

“It’s just mind-blowing that even after all these years, ISIS could still find a way to exploit a hosting company like Amazon,” Katz said. “Of course, we should presume that ISIS will always be searching for ways to bypass security protocols, but this app isn’t even trying to stay low-key.

“It is blatantly filled with official ISIS claims, media and logos of ISIS’ media arms, clear as day. This app was clearly created to keep ISIS’ message and content alive and distributed online…It is clear that the stakes of keeping such content offline is no less major than in past years.”

Despite Amazon, like most major American tech companies having policies to prohibit Islamist terror groups from using their services, Amazon did so for at least four months with deadly consequences.

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