Head of American Tesla Inc. and SpaceX, Elon Musk called for the “split” of Amazon.com Inc., after the world’s largest online retailer refused to host Alex Berenson’s book on coronavirus on its platform.
“It’s time to split Amazon. Monopolies are bad!” Musk tweeted in response to Berenson’s post. He also turned to Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, calling the company’s actions “insane.”
The retailer’s press service said the book was deleted by mistake, writes Dow Jones. The company did not comment on the statement Mask. Berenson later tweeted that his book was again hosted on Amazon.com.
Confrontation Mask and Bezos
This is not the first time Elon Musk has come into conflict with the founder of Amazon.com. The head of SpaceX, who last week launched the first commercial launch of a manned spacecraft, previously criticized Bezos’s Blue Origin project.
Amazon.com founder, in turn, was skeptical last year about Mask’s long-held idea of flying to Mars, saying that you first need to try to live a year “on top of Everest and see if you like it, because it’s a paradise compared to Mars” .
The final reason for the rivalry between Musk and Bezos was Amazon.com’s possible acquisition of drone driving technology developer Zoox Inc. Earlier, an online retailer invested in electric vehicle startup Rivian Automative and specializing in unmanned vehicles Aurora Innovation Inc., one of the founders of which is former Tesla top manager Sterling Anderson.
The dominant position of Amazon.com causes resistance in political circles in the United States, says Dow Jones. Former Democratic nominees for this year’s presidential election, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders suggested splitting the company because of its online trading position.
In April, Republican Senator Josh Hawley called on the Department of Justice to launch an antitrust investigation against Amazon.com following a Wall Street Journal report that the company uses third-party sellers using its platform to develop its products.
U.S. President Donald Trump has also criticized Amazon.com and the head of Bezos, in particular because the businessman owns the Washington Post. Last year, Amazon.com decided to challenge Microsoft Corp.’s choice. as a contractor for a 10-year $ 10 billion contract to create a cloud storage infrastructure for the US Department of Defense, indicating in particular that it was made under pressure from the president.