Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are asking Amazon to answer to allegations of “systemic viewpoint-based discrimination” against conservative viewpoints.
The House Judiciary Committee formally required Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos provide any and all correspondence associated with instances of alleged censorship of conservative viewpoints.
“Big Tech, including Amazon, is engaged in systematic viewpoint-based discrimination. In the unfortunate phenomenon of ‘cancel culture,’ Amazon plays a leading role in silencing and censoring the political speech of conservative Americans,” the lawmakers wrote.
In the letter from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), ranking member on the Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law, gives a number of examples that exhibit “a pattern” by Amazon “of curtailing, censoring, and removing from its platforms content that espouses conservative viewpoints.”
“There are a number of examples of Amazon exerting editorial control over the content on its various platforms in a manner that is biased against conservatives and conservative viewpoints,” the letter states. “These editorial decisions give the appearance of a coordinated effort to cancel conservative speech on Amazon’s platforms.”
The letter refers to the author Abigail Shrier who alleged that in June 2020 Amazon blocked ads for her book “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters” stating it banned the questioning of gender identity.
Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Antitrust Subcommittee Chair Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) refused to sign off on the request even though Nadler claimed that ongoing Judiciary Committee antitrust investigations are bipartisan.