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Employees From Amazon ‘Mistakenly’ Took Down Religious Ads

It remains unclear how so many workers collectively misunderstood what the company implied in its policies

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Security guards stand at the reception desk of the Amazon India office in Bengaluru, India, Aug. 14, 2015. VOA

Employees from e-commerce giant Amazon have been “mistakenly” taking down ads with religious content that has negatively affected the sale of products from some small sellers.

Multiple sellers have seen their product ads getting suspended in recent months for having religious content. These sellers were told through email that their ads were getting blocked due to a “new policy update” at Amazon which bans any ad that contains “religious content”, CNBC reported on Saturday,

Explaining itself on the subject, Amazon said the company is now implementing “corrective training” to clarify what kind of religious material is acceptable.

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The logo of Amazon, online retailer is seen at the company logistics center in Lauwin-Planque, France. VOA

“Products related to a specific religion are not allowed to be advertised. The email viewed contains inaccurate information and our long standing policies have not changed. Corrective training is being provided to the relevant teams,” the report quoted an Amazon spokesperson as saying.

It remains unclear how so many workers collectively misunderstood what the company implied in its policies.

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Amazon’s ad policies bar ads that “advocate or demean” a religion, but that does not preclude selling religious material in the first place, Engadget reported. (IANS)

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Snapchat Employees Abused Users’ Private Data: Report

Snapchat’s daily active users were 190 million — up two per cent from 186 million in the previous quarter but down from 191 million in Q1 2018

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Snapchat in a Smartphone. IANS

Workers across several departments at photo-messasing platform Snapchat who have privileged access to users’ data spied on them for years, a Motherboard report has claimed.

These employees used “SnapLion”, an internal tool used by various departments, to access Snapchat user data like location information, saved Snaps (photos or videos), phone numbers and email addresses.

“Two former employees said multiple Snap employees abused their access to Snapchat user data several years ago,” said the report.

Snapchat, which has 190 million daily active users globally, said that protecting privacy is paramount at the company.

“We keep very little user data, and we have robust policies and controls to limit internal access to the data we do have. Unauthorized access of any kind is a clear violation of the company’s standards of business conduct and, if detected, results in immediate termination,” the company was quoted as saying.

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An image of the Snapchat logo created with Post-it notes is seen in lower Manhattan, New York, May 18, 2016. VOA

The internal tool “SnapLion” was originally used to gather information on users in response to valid law enforcement requests.

An internal Snap email obtained by Motherboard said a department called “Customer Ops” has access to SnapLion. Security staff also had access to the tool.

One of the former employees said that data access abuse occurred “a few times” at Snap.

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Photo-messaging app Snapchat added four million new users in the first quarter of 2019, registering a revenue of $320 million — up 39 per cent (year-over-year).

Snapchat’s daily active users were 190 million — up two per cent from 186 million in the previous quarter but down from 191 million in Q1 2018. (IANS)