1. Amazon ranked as the number one "most evil" tech company in a new list compiled by Slate magazine. To create the ranking, the online magazine said it sent out "ballots to a wide range of journalists, scholars, advocates, and others who have been thinking critically about technology for years." Amazon, of course, came in first, followed by Facebook, Alphabet, and Palantir Technologies. Slate outlined a lot of reasons why Amazon is apparently evil, including its creation of AmazonBasics knockoffs, and burnout, injuries, and even deaths among its warehouse workers, who it says get treated "like robots who sometimes get bathroom breaks." Respondents pointed to many other issues, such as the death of local stores, the support of police surveillance via Ring, its large carbon footprint, and failure to moderate counterfeit items. Some Twitter users have chimed in, with @Dcoronata saying that Amazon's business model to buy in high volume with low overhead and subsidized shipping "was quite extraordinary" until it "morphed into something more evil." Still, that person acknowledged that "Amazon's profitability is encouraging other companies to enter e-commerce, increasing competition." - SLATE
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