Amazon still selling extremist items like Nazi memorabilia despite pledge

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Amazon has failed to make good on its pledge to remove extremist items from its marketplace with items like Nazi memorabilia remaining available.

According to The Telegraph, numerous items such as Swastika coins, Waffen-SS figurines and painting kits and stamps commemorating Hitler are readily available on the ecommerce platform.

This follows a report from non-profits Partnership for Working Families and the Action Center on Race and the Economy, which accused Amazon of allowing its platforms to spread racism and white-supremacy, allowing extremist groups to “generate revenue, propagate their ideas and grow their movements.”

The report highlighted a number of items available such as anti-Semitic books and babies’ onesies emblazoned with Swastikas.

Amazon subsequently promised it had removed all the offensive items of this type, stating that: “All Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don’t will be subject to action including potential removal of their account.

“The product in question is no longer available.”

The online retail has already banned sellers such as clothing companies White Rex and Thor Steiner, popular with the “alt-right” for their frequent use of Nazi symbols and slogans.

It is understood that Amazon uses a combination of intelligent search systems, which detect key words and slogans from its 3 billion-item catalogue, and staff who scan for listings manually.

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