May 31, 2020

Amazon UK website defaced with racist abuse

Amazon has blamed a "Bad actor" for racist abuse that appeared on multiple listings on its UK website. "We are removing the images in question and have taken action on the bad actor," Amazon told the BBC. The company did not elaborate on the "Bad actor", nor give details of how many products were defaced and how long abuse was visible on the listings. Another Twitter user said Amazon should have been able to remove the offending messages in minutes. The Amazon Marketplace platform has come under scrutiny. There has been concern about counterfeit goods appearing in the listings, and during the coronavirus pandemic Amazon was criticised for not doing enough to stop sellers inflating prices.

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