NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said Wednesday that the company has no plans to stop selling the anti-Semitic film that recently gained notoriety after Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving shot tweeted an Amazon link.
Pressure has been mounting on Amazon to stop selling the film, called “Hebrews to Blacks: Wake Up Black America,” since Irving shared the link to the documentary with his millions of followers on Twitter in October. The synopsis on Amazon says the film “discovers the true identity of the Children of Israel.”
Speaking at The New York Times DealBook Summit in New York City, Jassy said it’s hard for the company to determine what content crosses the line and Amazon doesn’t make it available to customers.
“As a content retailer to hundreds of millions of customers with many different viewpoints, we must allow access to those viewpoints, even if they are objectionable, objectionable, and differ from our particular views,” Jassy was quoted as saying by the Times. . .
He said making decisions about what content to remove is “easier” in some cases, 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 the Nets have called on the company to remove the film or add a disclaimer offering an explanation for why the documentary and related book are problematic.
Amazon told the newspaper earlier this month that it would consider adding a disclaimer to the front page of the documentary. But that has not happened.
The Seattle-based company did not respond to a request for comment sent by The Associated Press earlier this month on whether or not it would add a disclaimer. Jassy, who is Jewish, said Wednesday that Amazon has employees who flag content, but scaling that more broadly could be challenging.
“The reality is that we have very extensive customer reviews,” he said. “For books that get a lot of attention, and a lot of public attention like this, customers do a good job of warning people when there’s objectionable content.”
Irving was suspended by the Nets on November 3 after he refused to issue NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s apology for posting the link to the film. He returned after issuing an apology more than two weeks later. He missed eight games.
This story was first published on December 1, 2022. It was updated on December 1, 2022 to correct a quote from Amazon CEO Andy Jassy about warning customers about objectionable content.
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