LIVE STREAMING
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), one of several Democrats running for the party's nomination in the 2020 presidential race, speaks during a campaign event, March 8, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. Photo: Drew Angerer/ Getty Images.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), one of several Democrats running for the party's nomination in the 2020 presidential race, speaks during a campaign event, March 8, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. Photo: Drew Angerer/ Getty Images.

The Amazon Clapbacks: A slippery slope of fact-checking

Amazon has responded on Twitter to certain Democratic politicians attacking them. But it has never responded to the president’s critiques.

MORE IN THIS SECTION

Cuba: Fire in Matanzas

August 15th, 2022

Gold scarcity in Venezuela

August 15th, 2022

The Extension of Drought

August 15th, 2022

Strike Four Meta

August 15th, 2022

A new rescue plan

August 15th, 2022

Mexico will rescue miners

August 12th, 2022

Peace dialogues in Colombia

August 12th, 2022

Hugo Velázquez will resign

August 12th, 2022

SHARE THIS CONTENT:

Amazon is fed up with Democratic politicians slandering its name. In a tweet yesterday from the company’s news account, Amazon responded to comments made by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in an appearance on ABC.

Ocasio-Cortez was addressing a question about the morality of an economic system where billionaires exist when she mentioned Amazon’s Jeff Bezos status as a billionaire is “predicated on paying people starvation wages and stripping them of their access to health care,” — a jab at the company’s history of underpaying its workers.

It took until 2018 for the company to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is not the only Democratic politician to face an Amazon clapback. A week ago, former vice president Joe Biden also faced Amazon’s wrath after he called the company out in a tweet, citing a New York Times article detailing a report of 60 Fortune 500 companies who paid no federal income tax in 2018. Amazon was by far the biggest beneficiary, raking in over $11 billion.

Amazon’s answer was the equivalent of the age-old sports saying: “Don’t hate the player, hate the game.” When applied to tax code, the old adage has more sinister undertones considering who’s actually subject to those codes — everyday Americans.

In April, Elizabeth Warren also called Amazon out for its monopolizing tendencies, vowing to break it up if she were elected president.

For the record, e-commerce now makes up 14.3% of all retail sales in the U.S. Amazon accounts for 40% of all e-commerce sales, which is not far off its ownership estimate of under 4% of the total retail market (5.6%).

What Amazon’s tweet doesn’t address is the future of e-commerce sales, which has grown exponentially in the past couple years. In the U.S. alone, revenues grew 15% between 2017 and 2018. With Amazon still holding by far the biggest share of the e-commerce market, it is in the driver’s seat to dominate.

“Amazon is simply correcting the record when high-profile candidates or elected officials make statements about the company that are either incorrect or misleading,” a person familiar with the company’s thinking told The Washington Post.

The problem with Amazon deciding to fact-check now is a question of its motives.

The Post also pointed out how previous attacks against the company from the president were never called out.

In July 2018, President Trump tweeted an attack on the Amazon-owned Washington Post that accused it of lobbying for the tech giant.

The newspaper responded with an article fact-checking the tweet, but Amazon declined to comment. If Amazon uses the article as a response, it goes against the company’s agreement to operate independently from The Post.

Other tech companies like Facebook and Google have never jumped into the social media fray. Amazon has also shown a tendency to respond to those who would more than likely support antitrust legislation to break the company apart — especially Warren and Ocasio-Cortez.  

Whether Amazon like it or not, antitrust legislation is looming in the US for all of the technology giants.

  • LEAVE A COMMENT:

  • Join the discussion! Leave a comment.

  • or
  • REGISTER
  • to comment.
  • LEAVE A COMMENT:

  • Join the discussion! Leave a comment.

  • or
  • REGISTER
  • to comment.
00:00 / 00:00
Ads destiny link