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The CEO of Amazon has said that the company will not remove the anti-Semitic film

The CEO of Amazon has said that the company will not remove the anti-Semitic film

The CEO of Amazon has said that the company will not remove the anti-Semitic film

NEW YORK –

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

Pressure has mounted on Amazon to halt sales of the film, “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America,” since Irving shared a link to the documentary with his millions of Twitter followers in October. The Amazon synopsis says the film “reveals the true identity of Israeli children.”

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

“As a retailer of content from hundreds of millions of customers with many different viewpoints, we must allow access to those viewpoints, even if they are objectionable, objectionable, and different from our particular viewpoints,” Jassy told the Times. .

He said making decisions about what content to remove is “fairer” in some cases, such as when it “actively encourages or promotes violence or teaches people to do things like pederasty.”

Dozens of celebrities, public figures and Jewish organizations and the Nets have called on the company to remove the film or provide an explanation 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 homepage. But that didn’t happen.

The Seattle-based company did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press earlier this month about whether it would add a disclaimer. Jassy, ​​who is Jewish, said Wednesday that Amazon has employees who mark content, but scaling that more broadly could be difficult.

“The reality is that we have very broad customer feedback,” he said. “For books that have a lot of attention, especially public attention, clients do a good job of monitoring other people.”

Irving was suspended by the Nets on Nov. 3 after NBA commissioner Adam Silver refused to issue an apology for posting a link to the film. After apologizing he returned two weeks later. He missed eight games.

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