FTC Alleges Jeff Bezos and Different Amazon Execs Deleted Texts


The Federal Commerce Fee (FTC) alleged in a Thursday court docket submitting that Amazon executives, together with founder Jeff Bezos and CEO Andy Jassy, mentioned “delicate enterprise issues” in now-erased textual content messages that would have been used as proof within the FTC’s ongoing antitrust case towards Amazon.

In line with the Thursday submitting, senior Amazon leaders used the encrypted Sign messaging app from April 2019 to Might 2022 and continued to delete messages via the app’s disappearing message characteristic — even when the FTC was investigating Amazon.

“Amazon executives deleted many Sign messages throughout Plaintiffs’ pre-Criticism investigation, and Amazon didn’t instruct staff to protect Sign messages till over fifteen months after Amazon knew that Plaintiffs’ investigation was underway,” the FTC wrote within the submitting.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Photograph by SAUL LOEB/AFP through Getty Photos

The FTC named Bezos, in addition to different senior executives like Amazon’s prime lawyer David Zapolsky, as a few of the leaders that used Sign and its disappearing messages characteristic.

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The submitting is one piece of an even bigger antitrust case that kicked off in September when the FTC sued Amazon, accusing the retail large of illegally sustaining a monopoly via anticompetitive practices.

Amazon responded that the lawsuit might negatively affect each the shoppers who store on its platform with increased costs and the unbiased companies that promote merchandise via it.

In Thursday’s submitting, the FTC requested for extra details about how Amazon’s management advised staff to speak on Sign, together with when to make use of it and if there have been particular directions about deleting messages.

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Amazon spokesperson Tim Doyle advised Bloomberg that the FTC’s allegations had been “baseless” and that Amazon disclosed its Sign use to the FTC “years in the past.”

Doyle additionally advised Enterprise Insider that “the FTC has a whole image of Amazon’s decision-making on this case together with 1.7 million paperwork from sources like e mail, inner messaging purposes, and laptops (amongst different sources), and over 100 terabytes of information.”


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