The Amazon.com Inc. chief executive officer on Sunday posted to Instagram a screenshot of a profane, racist email he said he received from someone threatening to stop shopping with the retailer because of Bezos’s support for Black Lives Matter.
“This sort of hate shouldn’t be allowed to hide in the shadows,” the world’s richest person wrote. “It’s important to make it visible. This is just one example of the problem. And, Dave, you’re the kind of customer I’m happy to lose.”
Bezos joins other tech executives who are speaking out in response to the issues of racism and police brutality laid bare by the killing of George Floyd. Reddit Inc. co-founder Alexis Ohanian resigned from the board of directors and asked that he be replaced by a black candidate. Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella has used his Twitter feed in recent days to highlight statements from the software maker’s black employees.
Social media CEOs, meanwhile, have drawn criticism for how they’ve handled controversial postings on their platforms. Twitter Inc. CEO Jack Dorsey took the unusual step of slapping a rule-violation notice on a tweet by President Donald Trump that the company said glorified violence, prompting ire from Trump supporters. By contrast Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has continued to give Trump free rein, to the dismay of many of his own employees.
Bezos on Friday posted on Instagram an email exchange with a different customer in which he defended a decision to place a Black Lives Matter banner on Amazon.com touting a $10 million donation Amazon made to a group of racial and social justice organizations.