Some of the suggestions the report makes to combat these issues include turning off recommendations for this kind of content and “moderating search auto-complete suggestions.” Amazon has outright removed some extremist content from it’s platform, however fully banning any content is difficult as fears over book banning and censorship are well-spread. While the report notes these changes as helpful in combatting the spread of conspiracies and disinformation, it is also emphasized that more research is needed to “understand the role which Amazon and other online retailers play in the conspiracy theory, disinformation and far-right information ecosystems.”
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Author: Victoria Vanderzielfultz