Amazon owner Jeff Bezos and CEO Andy Jassy MUST testify for FTC probe into its Prime service

Amazon owner Jeff Bezos and CEO Andy Jassy MUST testify for FTC probe into its Prime service amid claims users cannot easily cancel membership’s recurring charges

  • Amazon.com’s founder and chief executive will both be forced to address allegations scammed customers into signing up for its Prime service
  • The announcement from the government watchdog comes as it probes claims Amazon pushed the program without providing ways to cancel its charges
  • Now, Jeff Bezos and his chief lieutenant Andy Jassy will have to address those allegations no later than October 7, the agency said
  • The move from the federal agency squashed efforts by the online seller that the pair be excused from testifying in the federal case

Amazon.com’s founder and chief executive will both be forced to forced to address allegations scammed customers into signing up for its Prime service, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said Wednesday – or face federal action.

The announcement comes as the government watchdog continues to probe claims Amazon illegally pushed its premiere membership program on users, and locked them in without providing easy ways to cancel its recurring charges.

Now, Jeff Bezos and his chief lieutenant Andy Jassy will have to address those allegations no later than October 7, the agency said, quashing efforts by the online seller that the pair be excused from testifying in the federal case. 

Jeff Bezos will have to address allegations Amazon illegally scammed customers into signing up for its Prime service by October or face federal prosecution

Bezos' chief lieutenant Andy Jassy, who took over the CEO position from Bezos in 2021, will also be forced to testify, the FTC said

Jeff Bezos and his chief lieutenant Andy Jassy will have to address those allegations Amazon illegally pushed the membership program without providing easy ways to cancel its recurring charges no later than October 7, the FTC said Wednesday, or face federal action

The company last month asked the FTC to cancel subpoenas issued to the world’s second richest man and his successor Jassy, who replaced him as CEO a little over a year ago .

At the time, Amazon argued the high-powered pair were not privy to the details of Prime’s sign-up and cancellation processes – the investigation’s primary focus.

The FTC’s staff launched the sprawling probe in March 2021, examining whether the company deceived customers with a predatory marketing strategy and purposely -hard-to-navigate interface that made it difficult to cancel its Prime service.

 

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