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Amazon Facing a Major Backlash on Twitter for ‘Hurting’ Hindu Sentiments

Amazon Canada website earlier faced flak for selling doormats resembling the India’s flag

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E-commerce website Amazon faced a major backlash on Twitter on Thursday and #boycottAmazon trended on the micro blogging site after users started tweeting out against the retail giant for “hurting” Hindu sentiments and selling floor mats and toilet seats with images of Hindu deities.

“God in any form is GOD …I want to ask the world … ???? Do Christians or Muslims put Lord Jesus / Allah images in their bathrooms & on their toilets ? ???? #BoycottAmazon,” one user tweeted.

“Hindu deities on floor mats and toilet covers…didn’t expect this from #amazon #BoycottAmazon,” tweeted another.

As many as 16,500 tweets were posted against Amazon India till the time the article was filed.

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The ecommerce giant was yet to issue a statement on this.

However, this is not the first time that the retail giant has come under fire for listing such articles bearing images of Hindu deities.

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Amazon Canada website earlier faced flak for selling doormats resembling the India’s flag.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had publicly threatened to rescind visas of the firm’s employees if the doormats were not removed from the portal. (IANS)

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Micro-blogging Site Twitter Records 5.6 Lakh Tweets on Exit Polls in 24 Hours

The results of the seven-phase general elections would be declared on May 23

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As majority of exit polls predicted victory for the BJP-led NDA at the Centre, Twitter recorded nearly 5.6 lakh tweets related to exit polls in 24 hours, the company said on Tuesday.

“Twitter saw 560K Tweets talking about the Exit Polls in 24 hours, between 6:30pm on Sunday 19th until 6:30pm on Monday 20th May, across news commentators, opinion makers and Indian citizens,” the micro-blogging platform told IANS.

Twitter recorded 45.6 million tweets on its platform during a one-month period in the run-up to the polls, registering 1.2 million tweets on the first day of voting.

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The Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is all set to return to power winning 287 seats in Lok Sabha elections, but the Bharatiya Janata Party may fall short of half-way mark on its own as it is expected to win 236 seats, according to the IANS-CVoter exit poll.

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The IANS-VOTER prediction is based on a sample size of around 5 lakh across the country.

The results of the seven-phase general elections would be declared on May 23. (IANS)