Fury as Amazon Alexa spreading antisemitic conspiracies that Jews run the world and Holocaust denial – The Sun

Posted By on December 1, 2020

AMAZON has been accused of spreading antisemitic conspiracy theories by several British MPs.

The politicians claim Amazon Alexa smart speakers are blurting out hate speech and have called for immediate action.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Against Antisemitism wrote a letter to Amazons UK chief demanding something be done about the antisemitic comments they uncovered.

The letter states: "Answers to enquiries provided by these services are presented as authoritative and factual, and so carry credibility, with many considering them truthful.

"We were appalled, therefore, to find that the Alexa voice service offers messages from antisemitic websites and conspiracy theories, using selective quotes and misleading sources in answer to a number of questions about Jewish people, the Holocaust and antisemitism."

MPs who have signed the letter include Andrew Percy, Catherine McKinnell and Dr Lisa Cameron.

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It has been tweeted in full on the APPG Twitter account.

The letter gives several examples of Alexa quoting from unreliable sources and Holocaust denying websites.

When asked "Do Jews control the media?", Alexa reportedly responded: "Heres something I found from the article Jew Watch on Wikipedia: Jew Watch claims that Jews control the worlds financial systems and media."

The MPs asked Amazon to address the issue regarding antisemitism now and in the long term.

The letter explains that the Home Secretary has been informed.

It adds: "We will be contacting the police, so that they might take a view on any breaches of communications or racial incitement legislation."

An Amazon spokesperson told us: "Anti-Semitism and discrimination of any kind is unacceptable. Alexa pulls from a variety of sources to respond to questionswe are investigating this and have blocked the responses reported."

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