WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. federal regulators have ordered Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and CEO Andy Jassy to testify in the government’s investigation into Amazon Prime, dismissing the company’s complaint that both executives are being unfairly harassed in the investigation into the popular online shopping and streaming service.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an order late Wednesday that denied a request by Amazon to cancel civil subpoenas sent in June to Bezos, the former CEO of the Seattle-based company, Ya Jessy. The order also sets a January 20 deadline for Bezos, Jassy and 15 other top executives who were also subpoenaed to complete all testimony.
In July 2021, Jassy took over the tech giant and online retailer from Bezos, one of the richest people in the world. Bezos became CEO.
FTC Commissioner Christine Wilson said Amazon has not argued that the subpoenas “present undue burdens in terms of scope or time.” However, the FTC agreed to modify some provisions of the citations that it acknowledged seemed too broad.
The FTC has been investigating since March 2021 the registration and cancellation practices for users of Amazon Prime, which has approximately 200 million members worldwide.
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request Thursday for comment on the FTC order.
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