AMAZON UNDER FIRE
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AMAZON IS UNDER FIRE as book authors question the company’s less than transparent system of royalty payments. A Google search discovers the concerns of hundreds of authors expressing disquiet over ‘unrecorded royalties’.
Amazon’s profitability is hit further as hundreds of books, many by prominent historians, are removed from buyers choice. The censorship happened after Jewish pressure groups complained about the sale of books that investigate holocaust related fraud.
Amazon customers increasingly complain that shipping costs are too high and delivery times poor. Now, to cap it all, a poor press results in concerned buyers returning to more traditional shopping methods.
Shockingly, Amazon now admits that it actually pays employees to say good things about working for the company on Twitter. This is Amazon’s strategy in its shameless effort to combat bad press about the prison workshop conditions in its warehouses.
Sharp-eyed Twitter users discovered the accounts, which are almost identical looking except for the picture, and presumed they were bots before Amazon caved in and confessed they were real employees.
A commentator says: “So Amazon has set up an army of bot accounts, allegedly from workers at various fulfilment centres, whose sole purpose is to jump on tweets critical of their benevolent overlord with the same stale cant about great pay and benefits.”
According to Business Insider, the twitter accounts mostly “say positive things about Amazon’s warehouse working conditions,” pay, and benefits in an attempt to change negative public opinion about the company.”
Last year, it was reported that Amazon warehouse employees were being worked to exhaustion. Many members of staff were falling asleep on the job, urinating into bottles and trashcans for fear of being sanctioned for bathroom breaks. Afraid to go home between shifts, many Amazon employees bed down in the cars in the company’s car parks.
Obsessed with robot technology in its market-trader attempt to maximise costs Amazon faced further controversy after the company was granted a patent for a wristband which would track employee movements and tell them where to go.
MICHAEL WALSH is an internationally acclaimed journalist, author, poet and broadcaster, shunned by the political elite and their controlled media.
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