Jeff Bezos can testify that Amazon “may be criminally false” statements to Congress letter
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos could be the next Silicon Valley executive to be grilled by the legislature.
The Seattle-based retail giant, which has been criticized for its treatment of workers in the midst of the Corona-Virus-pandemic-was unveiled recently, the topic of a Wall Street Journal investigation that its employees, independent vendors ” data, competing products on the platform in violation of their policies and past statements.
“If true, these statements contradict previous statements and written answers, the Amazon submitted to the [House Judiciary] Committee,” – said in a letter to Bezos signed by seven members of Congress Friday it was released. “[…] If the reporting in the Wall Street Journal article is correct, then statements from Amazon on the Board of Directors on the business practices seem to be misleading, and may be criminally false or perjurious.”
The retail giant has long claimed that there is no proprietary data from the site to third-party vendors are collected to produce and sell their own products.
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But, according to interviews with more than 20 former employees of the tech companies in the private-label business, and documents reviewed, the do have of the magazine, the company. This type of information is very useful because it can help Amazon figure out how to price something, what functions to copy an Element, or whether it’s worth it to enter a product segment, based on the interest of consumers, sources said the newspaper.
“In the light of our current investigation, the most recent public reporting and Amazon prior to the hearing before the Committee, we expect that you, as Chief Executive Officer of Amazon, to testify before the Committee,” the lawmakers — including Reps. Jerry Nadler, D-NY; Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., you write in the letter.
A spokesman for Amazon available magazine of Fox News with the following statement in respect of allegations:
“As we told The Wall Street Journal and declared to start in our testimony, we strictly forbid, to determine the employees of the use of non-public, seller-specific data, the private-label products. While we do not believe that these claims by the magazine are correct, we have these allegations very seriously and launched an internal investigation.”
In addition, the company spokesman pointed out, to know that the common practice at other retailers with extensive private label offerings, the sales volume for the products in their stores. The company also noted that third-party seller, in the meantime, 58 percent of the sales on the platform.
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The legislature also on Amazon is the lack of cooperation with the Congress’ antitrust probe of the company.
“Last September, we have requested documents and communication with Amazon ‘s relationship with the sellers, including Amazon reads, the use of third-party providers’ data,” the letter. “Amazon has not made a reasonable level of production in response to this request, and seven months after the original request — significant gaps remain.”
Fox News reached Amazon for comment on this new letter by the legislature.
Released on Fri, 01 may 2020 20:33:12 +0000