People are slamming publications for pushing Amazon Prime Day deals while workers are protesting
- Amazon is under fire this Prime Day, facing protests as employee call for higher wages and better working conditions.
- Publications promoting Prime Day deals are facing backlash from readers.
- "Support the workers not Amazon," one person tweeted in response to Wired's roundup of Prime Day deals.
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As publications push Amazon Prime Day deals, they're seeing backlash online from readers supporting striking workers at the e-commerce giant.
Last week, Amazon warehouse workers in Minnesota announced plans to strike on Monday, as Amazon kicks off its two-day Prime Day sales event. Employees in Germany are planning to strike, and major protests are planned in the UK, Spain, and Poland calling for higher wages and better working conditions.Read more: Thousands of Amazon workers across Europe and the US are striking and protesting on Prime Day
Many media organizations covering the protests also are publishing articles on the Prime Day deals available on Amazon on Monday and Tuesday.
Some readers are pushing back against coverage of Amazon's deals.
Many publications, including Insider, Inc., The New York Times, and Polygon parent company Vox Media receive commissions from affiliate partners, such as Amazon, when readers make purchases through links to products.
"Insider, Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective," Business Insider's Insider Picks states at the top of every article.Amazon did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment on backlash faced by publications. A representative for the company previously told Business Insider that "[e]vents like Prime Day have become an opportunity for our critics, including unions, to raise awareness for their cause, in this case, increased membership dues."
"These groups are conjuring misinformation to work in their favour, when in fact we already offer the things they purport to be their cause - industry-leading pay, benefits, and a safe workplace for our employees," the representative continued.
Didn't Polygon just unionize and its writers work to support each other in situations like this? Why are they writing about Prime Day deals, then, when an Amazon workers strike is taking place? https://t.co/anMh4xo8uP- Dalibor (@DaliDimovski) July 15, 2019
How much were you paid to run this article, @wired?- Dr. Julie O'Brien ♀️ (@jobrienchem) July 15, 2019
And during a strike, no less.
Unfollowing, and you will never get a cent out of me.
There's a strike going on and you're telling people about amazon deals??- Oh Just Bill (@JoofersBill) July 15, 2019
The workers are striking, don't be a scab- Eilidh (@bramble__jam) July 15, 2019