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Monday, April 5 2021


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This was an own-goal, we’re unhappy about it, and we owe an apology to Representative Pocan…. The tweet did not receive proper scrutiny. We need to hold ourselves to an extremely high accuracy bar at all times, and that is especially so when we are criticizing the comments of others.

That’s Amazon sheepishly apologizing to a US member of Congress for attacking him on Twitter. Mark Pocan had pointed out that many Amazon workersunder pressure to meet delivery timesoften pee into water bottles to save time. Amazon’s handle aggressively pooh-poohed Pocan, only to later acknowledge that he was indeed rightbut only after an Intercept investigation unearthed internal documents that confirmed the embarrassing fact. The main culprit for this debacle: Jeff Bezos. Also: Why thin-skinned multi-billionaires tend to be crap at PR.

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Headlines That Matter

  • A bloody attack in Chhattisgarh
  • A political crisis in Jordan
  • Yet another Facecbook data leak
  • A mummy parade in Cairo

 

Smart & Curious

  • The six most annoying job interview questions
  • Is longer sex necessarily better sex?
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