US lawmakers say Amazon executives may have lied to Congress – CNET
Five members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy on Sunday asking the company to back up previous testimony its executives have given about the retail giant’s business practices. In the letter, the lawmakers allege Amazon executives, including founder Jeff Bezos, may have misled or lied to Congress.
“At best, this reporting confirms that Amazon’s representatives misled the Committee,” reads the letter. “At worst, it demonstrates that they may have lied to Congress in possible violation of federal criminal law.”
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The letter — sent by Reps. Jerrold Nadler, David Cicilline, Ken Buck, Pramila Jayapal and Matt Gaetz — points to reports from Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and The Markup related to Amazon’s private brands and how the company handles data from third-party sellers.
Amazon said its executives didn’t mislead Congress and pushed back on the reports about its business practices.
“Amazon and its executives did not mislead the committee, and we have denied and sought to correct the record on the inaccurate media articles in question,” said an Amazon spokesperson in an emailed statement. “As we have previously stated, we have an internal policy, which goes beyond that of any other retailer’s policy that we’re aware of, that prohibits the use of individual seller data to develop Amazon private label products. We investigate any allegations that this policy may have been violated and take appropriate action.”
The lawmakers asked Amazon to respond by Nov. 1.
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October 18, 2021 at 09:21AM