Amazon's surfacing of products and content that discourage vaccinations has caught the ire of U.S. lawmakers.
Congressman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Friday, expressing concern about the emerging anti-vaccination trend related to the spread of misinformation on the internet, calling it a "direct threat to public health." Schiff cited a World Health Organization report that called "vaccine hesitancy" a top health threat in 2019.
"There is strong evidence to suggest that at least part of the source of this trend is the degree to which medically inaccurate information about vaccines surface on the websites where many Americans get their information, among them Amazon," Schiff wrote. "As the largest online marketplace in the world, Amazon is in a unique position to shape consumption.