Amazon Removes Racist Messages From Apple AirPods' Listings On UK Website

Yolanda Curtis
June 2, 2020

"Instead of photos of headphones, the search results showed images that contained the N-word", said the report.

Hundreds of people reported the images before they were eventually taken down by Amazon.

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Screenshots as well as video clip grabs of the messages were trending on Twitter, with users sharing the pictures.

It comes as race riots erupt across the USA after the death of George Floyd.

"We are removing the images in question and have taken action on the bad actor", an Amazon spokeswoman told Reuters.

The offending comments have since been removed but the company was criticised as they were still on its site in the early hours of yesterday morning. Earlier this month, Amazon was slammed by lawmakers and women rights activists in the United Kingdom and accused the e-commerce giant of racism for selling a book titled Ten Little N****r Boys.

Amazon also allows third-party retailers to sell goods through its website, with the company making about half its retail revenues from this.

In April, numerous of Amazon's worldwide sites, including the UK domain, were included in the UNITED STATE profession regulator's "well-known markets" record on marketplaces known for counterfeiting and also piracy issues.

The e-commerce giant strongly disagreed with the report at the time, calling the move a "purely political act".

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