A bookseller has launched a petition to persuade Amazon to remove a controversial bookseller from its store.
The petition, which has been signed by more than 50,000 people, has asked the online retailer to remove the website for “hate speech” and “offensive language”.
“Amazon has an obligation to protect the intellectual property rights of its users, especially those who are young and in need of support,” the petition said.
“Amazon is taking a stand against racist, sexist and homophobic content in its store but there is no excuse for its removal of an artist whose work is critical of this type of hate speech.”
According to Amazon, the removal request is “in response to a number of reviews on our site that contain offensive, abusive, racist, misogynistic, or otherwise discriminatory language.”
We do not tolerate hate speech and hate speech is not tolerated on our platform.
We take these reviews seriously and are actively investigating complaints and removing any material that violates our community standards,” a spokesperson for Amazon told Al Jazeera.
However, the petition’s creator said he was not surprised by the response.”
Amazon, however, said the company was working with the artist and would “continue to review reviews and remove material that may violate our community rules”.””
Amazon’s removal of the artist is in response to their complaints and to the fact that people are saying how much they hate Amazon and want it to shut down.”
Amazon, however, said the company was working with the artist and would “continue to review reviews and remove material that may violate our community rules”.
“We take these allegations very seriously and have launched an investigation into the complaint and will continue to review and remove content that violates Amazon’s Community Standards,” a representative from Amazon said.
While the petition has gained attention, it does not appear to have made any impact.
“The petition itself does not have the number of signatures necessary to force Amazon to act,” Al Jazeera’s Naveen Dhaliwal said.