Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is the latest tech giant to be taken to task by its own employees over a specific initiative. The employees have directed an open letter to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos and called on him to stop selling certain technology to law enforcement.
Ars Technica has the details on the internal dispute at Amazon.
In an open letter published by Gizmodo, Amazon staff have called on CEO Jeff Bezos to stop selling facial recognition technology to law enforcement and government agencies, due to the potential that the tech is used to “harm the most marginalized.” This follows similar demands from Microsoft employees and Google workers over those companies’ contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Defense, respectively.
In recent weeks, employees at both Google an Microsoft have made similar requests. For Google, employees were unhappy that the company’s AI technology was being used by the Pentagon for a drone program. Microsoft employees have taken umbrage with the tech giant’s work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
No comment has been forthcoming from Amazon as of yet.
Amazon.com, Inc. shares were trading at $1,676.14 per share on Monday morning, down $39.53 (-2.30%). Year-to-date, AMZN has gained 43.32%, versus a 2.65% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.