Amazon has removed a t-shirt featuring an image of George Floyd with a policeman kneeling on his neck from its marketplace as it continues to face a backlash on social media.
The children’s t-shirt was listed alongside other Black Lives Matter merchandise but was removed from sale as Amazon’s guidelines prohibit products that depict crime scene photos.
“All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action including potential removal of their account,” Amazon told the BBC.
“The product in question is no longer available.”
Despite this other products with the same image can still be found on Amazon, though many are currently listed as “out of stock”.
It comes as the retailer faces accusations of “opportunism” and “hypocrisy” over its public support for the protests that have swept the globe since Floyds murder in police custody.
Amazon’s chief executive Jeff Bezos posted his response to an angry customer, who complained that Black Lives Matter banners on Amazon were “offensive”, on his Instagram.
Bezos said this was the sort of customer he was “happy to lose”, but many have pointed out that Amazon continues to provide products like its facial recognition software to US police forces.
Its controversial ‘Rekognition’ software is able to identify peoples faces in real time and was sold to police forces with the aim of using it in conjunction with police body cameras.
Activist Jancita Gonzales of grassroots human rights group Mijente told The Guardian: “It is opportunistic of Amazon to use this moment to make empty and hypocritical statements when it is simultaneously building the backbone for many police departments across the country.
“The company perpetuates policies and technologies that are clearly targeting and harming black and brown communities”.
Independent studies of this software also found that it disproportionately misidentified people who were non-white, and has been condemned by human rights groups over its ability to “violate rights and target communities of colour”.