Amazon has, for a long time, been under scrutiny for continuing to stock products that were banned on its site. A recent investigation by the Wall Street Journal showed that this is yet to change.
There are thousands of toys and drugs that were flagged that are yet to be removed from the website. In a post by Amazon, it requires that third party vendors follow the law and various regulations. It further added that it has tools that help in ensuring that the items being sold are safe, but the latest investigation shows that it hasn’t been successful at it.
Amazon, in its blog post, said that it has a team in place to check and verify the items posted on the site. It even took down about three billion products after another 2018 investigation. However, even after this report, the company is yet to take down those products, but updated a lot of its descriptions. This move hasn’t made any impact since the recommendation was for Amazon to come up with better policies to safeguard the buyers.
The investigation comes after a growing concern that Amazon is unable to monitor the safety of items on its website carefully. The worst part is for the consumers who may fall victim without a chance to seek legal reprieve. A judge in Tennessee in 2018 ruled for the company saying that it is not liable for what third party vendors sell.
According to the judge, the responsibility of the company is to provide a platform for the vendors and buyers to meet. This ruling was made after a family sued the company after a hoverboard bought on the site exploded and burned down their house.