Amazon CEO says retailer will continue selling antisemitic film

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said Wednesday that the company has no plans to stop selling an antisemitic film that recently gained notoriety after Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving tweeted an Amazon link.

Amazon has been under increasing pressure to stop selling the film, titled “Hebrew to Negro: Wake Up Black America,” since Irving shared a link to the documentary with millions of his Twitter followers in October. The summary on Amazon says that the film “uncovers the true identity of the Children of Israel.”

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At The New York Times’ DealBook Summit in New York City, Jesse said it’s difficult for the company to determine what content crosses the line where Amazon doesn’t make it available to customers.

The Times quoted Jesse as saying, “As a retailer of content to hundreds of millions of customers with lots of different viewpoints, we have to allow access to those viewpoints, even if they’re objectionable — and they don’t reflect our particular viewpoint.” Be different.” ,

Some cases are “more straight forward”.

He added that in some cases the decision about what content to remove is “more straight forward”, such as when it “actively incites or promotes violence, or teaches people to do things like pedophilia”. “

Dozens of celebrities, public figures as well as Jewish organizations and nets have asked the company to remove the film or add a disclaimer explaining why the documentary and related book are problematic.

Amazon told the newspaper earlier this month that it would consider adding a disclaimer to the documentary’s front page. But this has not happened.

The Seattle-based company did not respond to a request for comment sent by The Associated Press earlier this month asking whether it would add a disclaimer. Jesse, who is Jewish, said Wednesday that Amazon has employees flagging content, but that scaling more broadly could be challenging.

“The reality is that we have very detailed customer reviews,” he said. “For books getting a lot of attention—especially public attention—subscribers do a good job of monitoring other people.”

Irving was suspended by the Nets on November 3 after he refused to issue an apology demanded by NBA commissioner Adam Silver for posting the link to the film. apologized and returned more than two weeks later. He missed eight games.

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