Amazon’s new employee chat app blocks “fairness,” “grievance” and “diversity”

”Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?”

Cory Doctorow

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Amazon has an Orwell problem. Back in 2009, Amazon surprised Kindle owners by reaching into their devices over the network and deleting their copies of Nineteen Eight-Four, along with their…

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