Elizabeth Warren calls for Amazon breakup following scathing report

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, called for the breakup of Jeff Bezos's Amazon following a report that the online retail giant manufactured rip-off products and orchestrated product searches in India, according to a tweet Warren posted.

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Elizabeth Warren calls for Amazon breakup following scathing report

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, called for the breakup of Jeff Bezos's Amazon following a report that the online retail giant manufactured rip-off products and orchestrated product searches in India, according to a tweet Warren posted.

"These documents show what we feared about Amazon's monopoly power — that the company is willing and able to rig its platform to benefit its bottom line while stiffing small businesses and entrepreneurs," she said Wednesday. "This is one of the many reasons we need to break it up."

The findings, gathered through exposed internal emails, plans, and strategy papers, showed that Amazon allegedly had copied others' products and then sold them on its online retail platform in India, according to the initial report released Wednesday.

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India is one of the company's most significant growth markets, and the company's private-brands team allegedly utilized internal data to counterfeit products and sell them on Amazon, Reuters reported.

Amazon responded to the Reuters report by denying the veracity of the allegations within it, according to a company statement.

"We believe these claims are factually incorrect and unsubstantiated," the company said. "We continue to focus on delivering first-class service to consumers and helping India's small businesses reach customers around the world."

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The Washington Examiner reached out to Amazon for comment but did not receive an immediate response.

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