NEWS & ANALYSIS

Amazon Promotes Hate Speech, Allows Sale of Pro-Antifa & Anti-Police Bigotry


Amazon is violating its own corporate policy against “offensive and controversial” items by selling pro-Antifa, anti-police and anti-Israel merchandise. 

In the past, the company has taken down products that directly violate its policies. For example, as reported by Fox News, Amazon removed the Confederate flag in 2015, and removed “Dukes of Hazzard” from its streaming service. 

Amazon’s online list of prohibited products covered “Offensive and Controversial Materials” and told potential sellers what isn’t allowed to be sold on the site, except for “books, music, video and DVD.” 

“Amazon does not allow products that promote, incite or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance, or promote organizations with such views,” the page reads. “We’ll also remove listings that graphically portray violence or victims of violence.” 

“We exercise judgement in allowing or prohibiting listings, and we keep our global community of customers and cultural differences and sensitivities in mind when reviewing and making a decision on products,” it continued. 

Yet despite the regulations, items like “Antifa: the Anti-Fascist Handbook” are available for your purchasing pleasure. 

T-shirts and gear plastered with the slogan “Blue Lives Murder” can also be purchased, which directly violates the policy against items that “promote, incite, or glorify hate or violence towards any person or group.”

Also on the website are products promoting the “Free Palestine” movement, including a phone case with the hashtag “Gaza Under Attack,” a hoodie with a Google look-alike asking if the person searching “Israel” meant “Palestine” and a shirt with the Palestinian political cartoon character “Handala.”

Handala has become a widespread symbol of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, which seeks to destroy Israel.