Congressional Democrats are going after Amazon for its algorithms promoting hoax COVID-19 cures, anti-vaccination claims, and other misinformation.
“Amazon is directly profiting from the sensationalism of anti-vaccine misinformation, while these conspiracy theories continue to directly contribute to COVID-19 deaths,” Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.) wrote in a letter to CEO Andy Jassy.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) said the company is “either unwilling or unable to modify its business practices to prevent the spread of falsehoods or the sale of inappropriate products.”
Warren said her staff conducted searches on Amazon for “COVID-19” and “vaccine.” The top result was a book authored by a physician who promotes long-debunked claims about vaccines.
“Collectively, this is an astonishing sample of misinformation that appeared in only a few potential searches relating to COVID-19,” Warren wrote.