Elizabeth Warren asks Amazon CEO to crack down on Covid’s misinformation

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, ​​CEO of Amazon Web Services, will speak at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, CA on October 25, 2016.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.Sent a letter to Amazon On Wednesday, he demanded that more be done to prevent the spread of Covid’s false information through suspicious products on the market.

of letter Warren asked CEO Andy Jassy to clarify how Amazon’s search algorithms and “best-selling” badges work, and the company’s recommendation engine makes consumers false books and more. He said he may have led to the product of. COVID-19..

According to Warren, a search for “Covid-19,” “Covid,” “vaccine,” “Covid-19 vaccine,” and “pandemic” finds products that advertise false information about coronavirus vaccines and treatments. , Many of them were displayed at the top of the search. result.

For example, the book by Ronnie Cummins and Dr. Joseph Mercola, The latter is considered Influential spreader According to the letter, the online search results for false alarms for vaccines and coronaviruses called “The Truth About Covid-19” were the top search results for “Covid-19” and “Vaccines”. It was also named a bestseller in Amazon’s “Political Freedom” book category.

The search for “COVID 19 vaccine” has produced other literature that promotes unreliable Covid treatments or false information about vaccines, including that the Covid-19 vaccine “sickens and kills people,” the letter said. I am. CNBC was able to reproduce some of the examples in Warren’s letter.

Amazon representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Warren has taken steps to guide users to accurate information about Covid-19, including a prominent banner at the top of search results that includes a link to the Food and Drug Administration’s website. I admitted.

“But the results of my staff reviews are nevertheless very annoying,” the letter said. “As the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to grow, Amazon is sending false information loops through search and” best-selling “algorithms, and based on misleading and inaccurate information, countless Americans have their health and neighbors. May endanger your health. Amazon website. “

Warren has set a deadline for Jasie’s response on September 22, including some questions to Jasie asking for more information on Amazon’s policies.

This letter is the latest example of how lawmakers are calling for Big Tech. Get rid of their services from false information about coronavirus.. Facebook, alphabetWith YouTube twitter We are faced with the pressure to better detect and remove false information about Covid-19 and vaccines.

Last week, Amazon took steps to limit the spread of the antiparasitic ivermectin as a fake Covid treatment.Amazon Said Block search autocomplete suggestions that direct shoppers to ivermectin. The company has also deleted some reviews of ivermectin that were mistakenly advertised as a treatment for Covid-19. Washington post report.

Amazon Previously deleted A product that claims to be a treatment, treatment, or cure for coronavirus. Calling for restrictions on ivermectin products is a daunting task for Amazon. This is because the drug can be taken in small doses by humans to treat parasites and is commonly given to large animals. According to the post, third-party sellers offering horse-targeted drug forms do not claim that it is intended for human use.

Researchers and advocacy groups I called on Amazon Do more to curb books that promote false alarms and conspiracy theories.

Amazon Content guidelines In the case of books, it states that it reserves the right not to sell “material that is considered inappropriate or offensive.”The guidelines do not mention medical false alarms, but Amazon Deleted book Promotes false information on autism treatments and vaccines, as well as Assemble the LGBTQ identity as a mental illness.. Elizabeth Warren asks Amazon CEO to crack down on Covid’s misinformation

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