Amazon investigates claims of bribery, review manipulation

Amazon investigates claims of bribery, review manipulation

Amazon confirmed it was conducting a "thorough investigation" of the claims.

Amazon is now investigating claims that some of its workers have shared (or offered to share) confidential internal information with sellers, and also delete negative reviews of products, in exchange for hundreds and even thousands of dollars. The practice is "particularly pronounced in China", the article said.

According to the Journal, independent sellers on Amazon offer payments ranging from $80 to over $2,000 in order to have negative reviews scrubbed, restore banned merchant accounts, and obtain leaked information including reviewers' personal email addresses.

"We hold our employees to a high ethical standard and anyone in violation of our Code faces discipline, including termination and potential legal and criminal penalties", an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement.

Amazon said it had a "zero tolerance" policy for abuse of its systems by sellers and that it would take "swift action" against "bad actors".

Amazon also told the Wall Street Journal that it has put in place "systems to restrict and audit what employees can access" after the allegations were made.

Amazon reportedly probing employees leaking data for bribes

These services are reportedly overseen by brokers who use the Chinese messaging service WeChat to connect sellers with Amazon employees.

In his most recent annual letter to shareholders, founder and CEO Jeff Bezos wrote, "In 2017, for the first time in our history, more than half of the units sold on Amazon worldwide were from our third-party sellers, including small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs)".

Although many incidents are isolated to Shenzhen, China, Amazon is looking into several cases involving bribes within the United States.

Now the tech giant has more than two million merchants selling on its platform with an estimated 550 million products, representing more than half of all units sold on the site.

In addition to this problem, Amazon has had to battle fake reviews and counterfeit merchandise on its platform.

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