Amazon removed QAnon products from the platform after the siege of US Capitol


FILE PHOTO: Amazon’s logo is shown outside the company’s JFK8 distribution center in Staten Island, New York, November 25, 2020. REUTERS / Brendan McDermid.

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc said on Monday it was working to remove some QAnon products from its online marketplace, citing policies that prohibit objectionable items or other inappropriate content.

The world’s largest online retailer scrutinized apparel with the QAnon insignia and related books for sale days. QAnon followers joined the siege of the US Capitol last week, killing five people.

QAnon backers have escalated conspiracies on social media based on anonymous “Q” web postings, citing knowledge from US President Donald Trump’s administration insiders. They also include the baseless claim that Trump is secretly waging a battle of child sexual predators, chief among them Democrats and figures in Hollywood.

The action by Amazon follows the decision to stop hosting the web content of Parler, the social network used by some of Trump’s supporters. The company alleged that Parler violated the terms of service of its cloud computing division, Amazon Web Services (AWS), for failing to cope with the rise in violent social media. The parlor sued AWS on Monday in response.

Amazon has already come under fire – and has removed a list of products promoting extremist ideas, such as books denying the Holocaust.

Reporting by Jeffrey Dastin in San Francisco; Additional reporting by Bhargava Acharya, Elizabeth Culliford and Katie Paul; Editing by Christopher Cushing

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