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Amazon accused of potentially lying to US antitrust committee about its use of seller data

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Five Congress members have written a letter to Amazon’s CEO, accusing the company of misleading a committee about whether it uses third-party seller data to copy products.
A bipartisan group of Congress members have accused Amazon of misleading an antitrust committee, after various reports claimed the company used third-party seller data to copy products while simultaneously propping up its own products over others in search results. Among the reports are claims by Reuters that Amazon ran a systematic campaign of creating knockoffs and manipulating search results to boost its own product lines in India, which is one of the company’s largest growth markets. The Congress members said on Monday that the information from these reports are contradictory to Amazon’s testimonies to the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee. The House Judiciary Committee has been conducting the bipartisan antitrust investigation since 2019.

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