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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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Amazon’s Music Streaming Service Hits 55 Million Subscribers Globally

Amazon Music Unlimited plan runs $9.99 a month, or $7.99 a month for Prime members who upgrade

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Amazon's music streaming service has grown about 50 per cent in Britain, Germany, Japan, and the US during the past year, and it is also gaining new listeners in countries such as France, Italy, Mexico and Spain. VOA

Amazon’s music streaming service ‘Amazon Music’ has reached 55 million subscribers globally closing in on Apple Music which has over 60 million users.

“Our strategy is unique and, like everything we do at Amazon, starts with our customers. We have always been focused on expanding the marketplace for music streaming by offering music listener’s unparalleled choice because we know that different listeners have different needs,” Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music said in a statement recently.

“As we continue to lead in our investment in voice with Alexa, and in high-quality audio with Amazon Music HD, we’re excited to bring our customers and the music industry even more innovation in 2020 and beyond,” Steve added.

Amazon’s streaming music service has grown about 50 per cent in Britain, Germany, Japan, and the US during the past year, and it is also gaining new listeners in countries such as France, Italy, Mexico and Spain.

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Amazon’s music streaming service ‘Amazon Music’ has reached 55 million subscribers globally closing in on Apple Music which has over 60 million users. Wikimedia Commons

Amazon Music Unlimited plan runs $9.99 a month, or $7.99 a month for Prime members who upgrade.

With the Single device plan, customers can subscribe to Amazon Music Unlimited at $3.99 per month to access more than 50 million songs on their Fire TV or Echo device.

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While, the family plan allows six family members to access the service for $14.99 per month, or $149 per year for Prime members. (IANS)