US legislators say Amazon executives may have lied to Congress

US legislators say Amazon executives may have lied to Congress ...

Five members of the House Judiciary Committee on Sunday wrote a letter to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, requesting the business to defend previous testimony its executives have given about the retail giant's business practices. In the letter, the lawmakers allege that Amazon executives, including founder Jeff Bezos, may have misled or lied to Congress.

"At best, this information indicates that Amazon's representatives have misled the Committee," reads the letter. It at the very least suggests that they may have lied to Congress in possible violation of federal criminal law.

The letter -- which was sent by Reps. Jerrold Nadler, David Cicilline, Ken Buck, Pramila Jayapal, and Matt Gaetz -- draws on reports from Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, as well as The Markup, about Amazon's private brands and how the business handles data from third-party sellers. According to the media, Amazon uses data from third-party sellers to develop competing products and favors its own brands in search results.

Amazon has previously denied these claims. On Monday, the business said its executives didn't mislead Congress and that it has resisted 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 spokesman in an emailed statement. "As we have previously stated, we maintain 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 allegation that this policy has been violated and take appropriate measures."

The lawmakers said it was Amazon's "last chance" to provide "explicit evidence" for testimony and statements made by the company's executives. The letter also references Bezos' 2020 speech, in which he stated that Amazon prohibits the use of anonymized data, if it is related to a single seller, when making decisions to develop private brand products.

Amazon will be able to respond to the bill by Nov. 1. The legislators asked Amazon to do so by November 1.

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