Amazon distances itself from Washington Post amid ‘lobbying’ accusations

Amazon distances itself from Washington Post amidst ‘lobbying’ accusations

Amazon has moved to cease promotion of Washington Post articles to its customers as part of efforts to distance itself from the media title, now owned by Amazon boss Jeff Bezos.

The Washington Post has been strongly criticised by president Donald Trump as Amazon’s ‘chief lobbyist’ after publishing a series of scathing articles, many of which found their way into Amazon via its Daily Blast email.

This round-up of the Post’s most-read stories carries a mix of news and commentary, much of it critical of the Trump administration and the Republican party more generally.

From Monday, however, this daily diet of criticism will be silenced in an effort to open clear blue water between the two businesses. Trump has gone head-to-head with Bezos on Twitter by tweeting criticisms of the Post’s coverage by impugning that it and Amazon are one and the same.

Amazon has traditionally stayed clear of polarising political debates by not being seen to make a stance on social issues.

It comes as the Washington Post looks to establish a stronger presence in the Asia Pacific region with a new base in Hong Kong.

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