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Amazon boss says the company will not remove anti-Semitic films

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said Wednesday the company has no plans to stop selling the anti-Semitic film, which recently rose to fame after Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving tweeted an Amazon link to it .

Pressure on Amazon to stop selling the film, titled Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America, has mounted since Irving shared the link to the documentary with his millions of Twitter followers in October. Amazon’s synopsis states that the film “unveils the true identity of the children of Israel.”

Speaking at The New York Times’ DealBook Summit in New York City, Jassy said it’s difficult for the company to determine what content is crossing the line where Amazon isn’t making it available to customers.

“As a content retailer for hundreds of millions of customers with many different viewpoints, we need to provide access to those viewpoints, even if they are offensive – offensive and different from our particular viewpoints,” the Times quoted Jassy as saying.

He said making decisions about what content to delete is “easier” in some cases, such as when it’s “actively inciting or promoting violence or teaching people to do things like pedophilia.”

Dozens of celebrities, public figures, as well as Jewish organizations and the Nets have called on the company to remove the film or add a disclaimer explaining why the documentary and accompanying book are problematic.

Amazon told the newspaper earlier this month that it was looking into adding a disclaimer to the documentary’s main page. But that didn’t happen.

The Seattle-based company didn’t respond to The Associated Press’s inquiry earlier this month about whether or not it would add a disclaimer. Jassy, ​​who is Jewish, said on Wednesday that Amazon has employees labeling content, but scaling it more broadly could pose a challenge.

“The reality is we have very extensive customer reviews,” he said. “For books that get a lot of attention — especially public attention — clients do a good job monitoring other people.”

Irving was suspended by the Nets on Nov. 3 after refusing to provide the apology requested by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for releasing the link to the film. He returned after apologizing more than two weeks later. He missed eight games.

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