Amazon: Internal Messenger to block the words “union” and “toilet”.

An Amazon messaging app developed for internal company communication is said to contain a word filter that blocks, among other things, posts with the English terms for “union”, “salary increase” or “toilet”. This is reported by the American magazine The Intercept, citing internal documents. A spokeswoman for the group did not deny this, but noted that the app was not approved and could be changed entirely before it can be used. It is also possible that it will never be used. According to the documents, the app is intended to increase the “happiness” and “productivity” of the US online retailer’s employees.




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Plans to develop the app were discussed at a senior management meeting last November, as quoted by The Intercept. It was also warned about the “dark sides of social networks”, so it was decided to actively monitor the contributions in the application. As a result, a word list was drawn up to collect terms that cannot be used in the application. It was not just insults or inappropriate words, but also many that have to do with working conditions. The American magazine lists the terms to be blocked as “Hate”, “Fired”, “I don’t care”, “Stupid”, “Prison”, “Injustice”, “Living wage”, “Slave”, “Plantation”. “. ‘, ‘freedom’, ‘unfair’, ‘concerned’, ‘rubbish’ and ‘rude’. The only thing left to talk about is the weather.

The spokeswoman has now responded that there are no plans to “block many of the collected words” should the app be introduced. However, the report fits the picture of a less employee-friendly company that Amazon has been selling for years. Reports that some Amazon drivers sometimes can’t find time to go to the bathroom due to heavy workload are just the most well-known example. Just days ago, a majority of employees at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, New York state, voted to establish the first Amazon employee representative body in the United States. The group immediately announced that it wanted to consider an objection to the result.


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