Amazon’s CEO says the company will not remove an anti-Semitic film

NEW YORK –

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said Wednesday that the company has no plans to stop selling the anti-Semitic film that recently gained notoriety after Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving tweeted an Amazon link to it.

Pressure has mounted on Amazon to halt sales of the movie, dubbed “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America,” since Irving shared the link to the documentary to his millions of Twitter followers in October. The synopsis on Amazon says the film “reveals the true identity of the children of Israel.”

Speaking at The New York Times DealBook Summit in New York City, Jassy said it’s difficult for the company to determine what content crosses the line to where Amazon doesn’t make it available to customers.

“As a content seller to hundreds of millions of customers with many different viewpoints, we need to provide access to those viewpoints, even if they are objectionable – objectionable and they differ from our specific viewpoints,” the Times quoted Jassy as saying.

He said making decisions about what content to remove is “straightforward” in some cases, such as when it “actively incites or incites violence, or teaches people to do things like pedophilia.”

Dozens of celebrities, public figures, Jewish organizations and the Nets have called for the company to remove the film or add a disclaimer explaining why the documentary and accompanying book are problematic.

Amazon told the paper earlier this month it would look into adding a disclaimer to the documentary’s main page. But that didn’t happen.

The Seattle-based company did not respond to The Associated Press’s request for comment earlier this month on whether or not to add a disclaimer. Jassy, ​​who is Jewish, said Wednesday that Amazon has employees who mark up content, but that scaling more broadly could be challenging.

“The reality is we have very comprehensive customer reviews,” he said. “For books with a lot of attention – especially public attention – customers would do well to keep an eye on other people.”

Irving was suspended by the Nets on November 3 after refusing to offer the apology sought by NBA commissioner Adam Silver for posting the link to the film. He returned after apologizing more than two weeks later. He missed eight games.

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