Amazon removes militia-associated charity groups from Smile program

Amazon removes militia-associated charity groups from Smile program




It’s not clear how the groups got into the program. On its website, Amazon says Smile is open to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. All five groups Amazon removed from the program are registered nonprofits. There appear to be more militia groups Amazon has yet to remove. We’ve reached out to the company for additional information and comment, and we’ll update this article when we hear back.The removal follows a flurry of enforcement action from Amazon against right-wing extremists. In the aftermath of the pro-Trump riots on Capitol Hill, Amazon started removing QAnon-related merchandise from its storefront, saying at the time that products that “promote, incite, or glorify hate or violence toward any person or group” on its platform. It also stopped providing hosting services to Parler, the social media app those who took part in the riot used to plan it. With Parler, the company said the app had failed to properly moderate posts calling for violence.


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