Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., slammed Amazon for profiting off the sale of white-supremacist merchandise, The Verge reported.
"For a company with a policy prohibiting the sale of 'products that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such view,' there appear to be a disturbing number of groups with hateful, racist, and violent agendas making money using Amazon's platform," Ellison wrote in a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
"Historically, Amazon has not responded effectively to this issue," Ellison writes, "and continues to allow hate groups and SPLC-identified neo-Nazis and white nationalist writers to make money using its platform."
Ellison in his letter referenced a study published in July by two advocacy groups, the Partnership for Working Families and the Action Center on Race & the Economy, that found Amazon continues to facilitate the sale of hateful merchandise, including Nazi paraphernalia.
Amazon in a statement said: "Third party sellers who use our Marketplace service must follow our guidelines, and those who don't are subject to swift action including potential removal of their account."
Ellison in his letter said he wanted to know whether Amazon was committed to "ceasing all sale of all products that promote hateful and racist ideologies."
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