Amazon removes racist messages after they emerge some product listings
Amazon.com Inc said it was removing certain images, after messages using extremely strong racist comments appeared on some listings on its UK website.
Racial messages emerged when users searched for Apple’s AirPods and other similar products and sparked outrage on Twitter, with the topic “AirPods” trending in the United Kingdom.
"We are removing the images in question and have taken action on the bad actor,” an Amazon spokeswoman said in a statement.
Screenshots and video grabs of the messages were trending on Twitter, with users sharing the images.
A Twitter users said on the social platform, "Absolutely disgusting @amazon @amazonUK how has these been allowed to even be on the website? What kind of sick joke is this, knocks me physically sick."
The listings with the abusive messages were no longer visible on the Amazon UK website and it was not clear how long they were displayed for.
In April, several of Amazon’s foreign websites, including the UK domain, were added to the U.S. trade regulator’s “notorious markets” report on marketplaces, known for counterfeiting and piracy concerns.
Amazon strongly disagreed with the report at that time, describing it as a “purely political act.”