Amazon is reportedly planning to add a content filter to an internal messaging app under development and would ban words reflecting the company’s working conditions or relating to organizing a union, according to internal documents obtained by The interception.
With the filter in place, the app would block or flag messages containing words like “union,” “slave labor,” “grievance,” “living wage,” and more. Oh yes, it would also filter out “toilet” (probably to prevent you from telling your co-worker “just went to Toilet in a bottle”).
A source familiar with the situation said The interception that Amazon executives met in November 2021 to discuss creating a social media platform dedicated to employees. Dave Clark, head of Amazon’s global consumer business, reportedly suggested the app offer a personal social experience, like dating app Bumble, rather than serving as a large social hub like Facebook. It would allow employees to highlight each other’s work by creating posts called “shout-outs.” Amazon would integrate these shout-outs somehow its gamification programwhich The interception says, is already showering employees with virtual stars and badges for their productivity.
During the meeting, executives reportedly discussed “the dark side of social media” and agreed to monitor employee posts (should Amazon ever launch the platform). They apparently brainstormed after the meeting, and the source says that’s when they came up with their list of “bad” words.
Besides obscenities and other inappropriate words, The interception says it also includes “unfair”, “master”, “slave”, “injustice”, “ethics”, “diversity”, “fairness”, “raise” and phrases like “this is stupid” or “this is over.” ” What better way to address the concerns of employees than to banish them to nothing? Coming from a company that paid people on twitter to say nice things about itI can’t say I’m surprised.
“Our teams are always thinking of new ways to help employees connect with one another,” Amazon spokeswoman Barbara Agrait said in a statement The edge. “This particular program has not yet been approved and may change significantly or even not start at all. If it starts sometime later, there are no plans that many of the words you invoke will be checked. The only types of words that are allowed to be screened are offensive or harassing words to protect our team.”
The first ever The Amazon union was just formed in a warehouse in Staten Island, New Yorkrepresent a major milestone for Amazon workers across the country. A Union vote at a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama was too close and will be determined by a court hearing – it was the second choice after the The National Labor Relations Board said Amazon violated labor laws during the first. In the meantime, the union vote at another warehouse on Staten Island is currently underway.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/4/23010608/amazon-worker-social-app-banned-words-union-living-wage Those are the words Amazon’s planned employee chat app will reportedly not allow