- Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving recently tweeted a link to an antisemitic film, which led to his suspension.
- The film is available on Amazon, but CEO Andy Jassy seemed to imply the company wouldn't pull it.
- "We have hundreds of millions of customers with lots of different viewpoints," he said.
NBA player Kyrie Irving was suspended by the Brooklyn Nets earlier this month after he tweeted a link to the movie "Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America," which includes antisemitic claims and conspiracy theories about Jewish people.
The movie, which is available to rent or purchase on Prime Video, is based on a book by the same name, which is sold on Amazon.
During Wednesday's DealBook Summit, a conference that includes discussions with top business leaders, interviewer Andrew Ross Sorkin asked Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, who is Jewish, his view on the content being available on the platform.
"Trying to decide which content contains hate content to an extent enough that we don't provide access to customers is one of the trickiest issues that we deal with at the company," Jassy said. "In some case it's more straight forward. When you have content that actively incites or promotes violence, or teaches people to do things like pedophilia, those are easy. We don't allow those, and those are straight-forward decisions."
Bot the Anti-Defamation League and over 200 public figures and activists in the entertainment industry, including actors Mila Kunis and Debra Messing, and "Jeopardy" host Mayim Bialik, have called on Amazon to remove the content.
As of a few weeks ago, company was considering adding a disclaimer to the film, according to The New York Times. and Jassy said the company has still "been looking at it."
But it doesn't seem like Amazon will budge on removing the film and book from its platform.
"When you have content whose primary purpose is not to espouse hate or ascribe negative characteristics to people, that is much trickier and a very slippery slope," Jassy added. "We have hundreds of millions of customers with lots of different viewpoints. Inside the company, we won't tolerate hate or discrimination or harassment, but we also recognize as a retailer of content to hundreds of millions of customers with lots of different viewpoints that we have to be willing to allow access to those viewpoints, even if they are objectionable ans even if they differ from our own personal viewpoints."
Irving — who returned to the Nets after an eight-game suspension that lasted nearly three weeks — apologized for sharing the movie only after he had already been suspended.
"To All Jewish families and Communities that are hurt and affected from my post, I am deeply sorry to have caused you pain, and I apologize," he said in an Instagram post.