University of Wisconsin–Madison

Delivering Hate: How Amazon's Platforms Are Used to Spread White Supremacy, Anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level National
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Civil Rights
Through an examination of Amazon’s various platforms and services, this report reveals that for growing racist, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic movements, the breadth of Amazon’s business combined with its weak and inadequately enforced policies provides numerous channels through which hate groups can generate revenue, propagate their ideas, and grow their movements. Particularly, Amazon enables the celebration of ideologies that promote hate and violence by allowing the sale of hate symbols and imagery on its site, and provides a platform for racists to spread hate ideologies through their publications; abuses of Amazon’s platforms are made possible by inadequate and poorly enforced policies. This report provides recommendations for how Amazon should prevent and take responsibility for their platforms’ misuse.

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