Facebook, Amazon struggle in fight against fake reviews

First, we had fake news, now it’s fake reviews. A Fox News investigation has found that Facebook is a breeding ground for groups where reviews for products on Amazon, among other online platforms, are bought and sold. And small businesses competing in the online marketplace may already be suffering because of a lack of controls, … Continue reading “Facebook, Amazon struggle in fight against fake reviews”

First, we had fake news, now it’s fake reviews.

A Fox News investigation has found that Facebook is a breeding ground for groups where reviews for products on Amazon, among other online platforms, are bought and sold. And small businesses competing in the online marketplace may already be suffering because of a lack of controls, or a lack of efficiency, on behalf of two of the world’s most valuable brands.

Reviews can be critical for businesses that operate in online marketplaces like Amazon, not only because of the impact a 1-star review can have but because sellers and products with the greatest number of reviews typically appear higher in search results.

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Beyond the fact that reviews are critical for a company's existence, the practice of compensating someone in exchange for a customer review is something that violates both Amazon and Facebook policies. It could also put you at odds with the Federal Trade Commission.

That hasn't stopped the practice from flourishing on Facebook, Fox News has found. Groups like "Amazon review club" can be joined with the click of a button, and with no apparent background check.

Members of groups like "Amazon review club" are not just buying and selling positive reviews. They’re targeting sellers with negative reviews, as well. (Facebook/Fox News)

Fox started tracking that group, and others like it, just before the Black Friday shopping rush in early November. Since then, its membership has grown by thousands, standing at more than 82,000 members as of this writing. That group was created in 2016, and there are plenty of others like it where reviews are solicited for everything from Google Maps to Yelp.

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Over the course of a few weeks, Fox News witnessed members of these groups offering to sell hundreds of reviews at a time, promising commissions in exchange for praise and soliciting 1-star reviews that seemed destined for some unlucky online competitor.

Some of the Facebook accounts associated with these postings used profile pictures that could be traced back to Hollywood actresses through Google image searches. One person was brazen enough to use the name “John Conner,” the name of a character in the movie "Terminator 2: Judgement Day," complete with a profile picture showing a scene from the film.

A Facebook user by the name of "John Conner," a member of the "Amazon review club" group, looks a lot like the character "John Connor" from the film Terminator 2: Judgement Day. (Facebook/Fox News)

Fox News was able to connect with one U.S.-based business that appears to have suffered as a direct result of the “Amazon review club” group, and they claim Amazon hasn't been of much help since they reported the problem.

The seller, who has operated on Amazon for years and requested anonymity for fear of retaliation from competitors, filed multiple complaints with Amazon after noticing that their product had been bumped down in search results. A new product appeared on the marketplace over the summer, and it was rapidly gaining reviews – many of them written in broken English and with little or no relevant details.

After poking around Facebook, the seller discovered that competing product was being advertised on "Amazon review club," and to this day they say “the onslaught continues.”

“Previously, we had always been able to reinvent our marketing to keep an upper edge,” the seller explained over e-mail. “But the fake reviews are intensifying, resulting in significant losses for our business,” they added.

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It was more than a full month before the holiday shopping rush that the U.S.-based seller contacted Amazon. They provided screenshots of their competitor’s product being advertised on the “Amazon review club” Facebook page and even included a link to a negative review that had been written about their product by a man who appears to be deceased.

“Previously, we had always been able to reinvent our marketing to keep an upper edge. But the fake reviews are intensifying, resulting in significant losses for our business.” 

— Anonymous U.S.-based Amazon seller targeted by a competitor

“Amazon has not responded to my report that was submitted 2 months ago. Nothing,” the seller told Fox. What’s more, they say “since submitting the report to Amazon in mid-October, [our competitor’s] product has gained 100 reviews and our sales continue to plummet.”

Fox News was given documentation and evidence of some of these "fake" reviews, but we are unable to reveal the reviews themselves in the interest of protecting the seller whose business has been impacted. Those reviews remain on Amazon as of this writing.

In the past, Amazon has claimed that less than 1% of reviews on its platform are fake, but with at least 500 million reviews on the site, those fake reviews could still number in the millions by that statistic. One percent of 500 million, a low-ball estimate of the total number of reviews on Amazon, is 5 million reviews, after all.

Amazon is now using “machine learning and automated systems” to fight the problem of inauthentic reviews, according to a representative who spoke to Fox News. They also pointed out that the company has filed lawsuits against more than 1,000 defendants over the issue.

Amazon was asked about the case of the seller who spoke with Fox News, and who has weathered the holiday shopping season without a response from Amazon, but did not respond in time for the publication of this article.

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That seller told Fox News that they have not reported the “Amazon review club” group to Facebook, and suggested they “didn’t know where to begin.”

A Facebook spokesperson told Fox News that if a user reports a group engaging in this type of activity, the company takes swift action to remove it. Indeed, one of the groups brought to their attention by Fox News was almost immediately taken down.

Fox News passed along this screenshot from a different Amazon review exchange group to Facebook representatives. The company shut the group down almost immediately. (Facebook/Fox News)

However, that representative would not say whether there are any Facebook employees actively monitoring the platform for these kinds of groups, and argued the majority of activity on the platform is positive.

Fox News was able to find many of these groups on Facebook using simple search terms like “Amazon reviews.” According to one expert, it probably wouldn’t be that hard for Facebook to do the same.

“A minimal effort could go a long way,” says Tommy Noonan, the founder of ReviewMeta.com, a website that monitors Amazon reviews and listings where people suspect this kind of activity is taking place. Given Facebook’s history of dealing with misinformation on its platform, Noonan says, “I think [Facebook is] doing Amazon a favor by doing anything.”

Mom and Pop sellers, like the one that spoke with Fox News, are clearly the biggest victims in all of this, Noonan says. And while his research does confirm Amazon is taking visible steps to combat this admittedly persistent problem, he says consumers shouldn’t lose hope.

“In my experience, it’s a very nuanced and difficult problem to solve,” Noonan says. “You can’t just delete every review you think is suspicious because you'll wind up deleting authentic reviews. So it’s trickier than people make it out to be, and I have hope for the platform and consumers as a whole.”

Amazon Fire TV gets 25 Sega Genesis classics

If you're looking for some retro classics to play over the holiday period, then you could go out and buy a PlayStation Classic or either of Nintendo's NES or SNES mini consoles. However, if you already own a Fire TV , there's now 25 classic Sega Genesis games to play on it using the Fire TV remote.

While playing games with a TV remote is far from ideal, there are Bluetooth gaming controllers available to use with the streaming device. Unfortunately, Amazon's own Fire TV Game Controller isn't one of them depending on which Fire TV device you're using.

As The Verge reports, the bundle of 25 games costs $14.99 and is available from today. The included titles are:

Alien StormAltered BeastBeyond OasisBio-Hazard BattleBonanza BrosColumnsComix ZoneDecap AttackDr Robotnik’s Mean Bean MachineDynamite HeaddyESWAT: City Under SiegeGain GroundGolden AxeGolden Axe IIGolden Axe IIIGunstar HeroesRistarSonic CDSonic SpinballSonic the HedgehogSonic the Hedgehog 2Street of RageStreet of Rage IIStreet of Rage IIIThe Revenge of Shinobi

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    Parrot uses owner’s Amazon Alexa to order shopping, play music

    A parrot has fallen in love with his owner’s Amazon Alexa — but keeps using it to order shopping.

    So far Rocco the African Grey, from Didcot, Oxfordshire, U.K., has demanded treats such as strawberries, watermelon, raisins, broccoli and ice cream.

    He has also ordered a kite, light bulbs and even a kettle.

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    Rocco likes to dance too and tells the voice-activated device to play favorite tunes. Sometimes they are slow numbers, but he generally prefers rock.

    So far Rocco the African Grey, from Didcot, U.K., has demanded treats such as strawberries, watermelon, raisins, broccoli and ice cream. (file picture) (Fox News)

    Marion Wischnewski, of the National Animal Welfare Trust, based in Berkshire, U.K., said: “Often I come home from being out all day and find romantic music playing.

    “And he loves a boogie with Alexa. But it has to be something fast, like his favorite Kings of Leon.

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    “Rocco and Alexa chat away to each other all day. Then I have to check the shopping list and cancel all the items he’s ordered.”

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    Fake Amazon packages and GPS helped cops catch package thieves

    As the online shopping market continues to explode – it reached $121.5 billion, up 14 percent year-over-year in the third quarter according to the U.S. Department of Commerce – the biggest concern has been package theft, alarming shoppers, law enforcement and e-commerce companies alike.

    Working in conjunction with Amazon, Jersey City police have taken the matter into their own hands to catch these so-called porch thieves, using technology.

    The Jersey City police department installed doorbell cameras and planted fake packages with GPS tracking devices inside and waited for thieves to try and steal them. Much to no one's surprise, they did not have to wait long, with someone trying to take a package three minutes after it had been placed.

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    "We had a box out on the street for three minutes before it was taken," police Capt. James Crecco, who is overseeing the mission, told the Associated Press "We thought it was a mistake at first."

    The suspect was caught, Crecco added. It is unclear if the suspect was subsequently charged with a crime.

    According to a 2017 study, 11 million homeowners in the U.S. had packages stolen in the previous year. Approximately 53 percent of homeowners are concerned that packages left outside their homes can be stolen, and 74 percent of packages are stolen while homeowners are at work, adding to the problem.

    Amazon — which is providing equipment free for the Jersey City program — declined to provide figures on how many packages are reported stolen or missing, as did UPS and FedEx.

    "We absolutely report them to local law enforcement when we hear of them, and we encourage our customers to do the same," UPS spokesman Glenn Zaccara said.

    Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly told The Associated Press that locations for cameras and boxes were selected using the city's own crime statistics and mapping of theft locations provided by Amazon.

    "Most of the package thefts we've made arrests on revolve around (closed-circuit TV) or private surveillance cameras that give us a still image," Kelly said. "With the bait packages, some will be under video surveillance, and some will have GPS."

    Several members of the Jersey City police department volunteered their dwellings to have the technology installed and the boxes placed. Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly told the AP that the program has been approved by a municipal prosecutor and hopes to expand the program, with Amazon's help.

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    The Jeff Bezos-led company has not yet responded to a request for comment from Fox News, but told the AP: "We appreciate the increased effort by local law enforcement to tackle package theft and remain committed to assisting however we can."

    Similar programs have been tried in other cities including Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Hayward, California.

    Amazon’s mixed privacy efforts

    Amazon has worked hard to stave off package theft in a number of different ways. Earlier this year, the tech giant acquired Ring, which makes video doorbells and a number of other home security products, for $1 billion. Upon completion the deal, the press release made sure to note that the "two companies will work together to accelerate Ring’s mission to reduce crime in neighborhoods…"

    Despite this, there has been an outcry against Amazon from several groups who say that the tech giant is infringing upon people's privacy with its technology.

    On Wednesday, the ACLU wrote a blog post about one of Amazon's patents that would add face surveillance to homeowner's front doors. "As a former patent litigator, I've spent a lot of time reading patents," Jacob Snow, Technology & Civil Liberties Attorney, ACLU of Northern California wrote in the post. "It’s rare for patent applications to lay out, in such nightmarish detail, the world a company wants to bring about. Amazon is dreaming of a dangerous future, with its technology at the center of a massive decentralized surveillance network, running real-time facial recognition on members of the public using cameras installed in people’s doorbells.

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    The company has also received a significant amount of blowback for its Rekognition facial recognition technology, both from its employees and those who have bemoaned it could lead to mass surveillance in the not-too-distant future.

    In July, the Rekognition facial surveillance technology wrongly tagged 28 members of Congress as police suspects, according to ACLU research.

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    ACLU slams ‘nightmarish’ Amazon patent application to bring facial recognition to your front door

    A patent application from Amazon to pair its facial recognition technology with a doorbell camera company that Amazon acquired has privacy advocates saying the company is building a perfect tool for authoritarian surveillance.

    The patent application, which was filed by doorbell company Ring prior to being purchased by Amazon earlier this year, shows a system that law enforcement officers can use to match faces of people walking by your house who might be deemed "suspicious." Homeowners could add photographs into the system, potentially allowing the doorbell's facial recognition program to scan anyone who walks by. If a match occurs, that information could be sent to the police, who could arrive in minutes.

    A former patent litigator who works for the ACLU in Northern California described it as "disturbing" on the civil liberties group's website.

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    "It’s rare for patent applications to lay out, in such nightmarish detail, the world a company wants to bring about," said Jacob Snow, a technology and civil liberties attorney at the ACLU. "Amazon is dreaming of a dangerous future, with its technology at the center of a massive decentralized surveillance network, running real-time facial recognition on members of the public using cameras installed in people’s doorbells."

    Amazon declined to comment for this story.

    The ACLU has previously called attention to Amazon's Rekognition program, which the tech giant has sold to police departments and marketed to ICE, as being discriminatory toward people of color, immigrants and the formerly incarcerated. A test found that the Rekognition system wrongly identified 28 lawmakers — most of whom were people of color — as police suspects.

    Amazon's facial recognition system has also been protested by its own employees and by lawmakers who worry it may be racially biased.

    The ACLU lawyer concludes by saying: "Amazon is building the tools for authoritarian surveillance that advocates, activists, community leaders, politicians, and experts have repeatedly warned against. It is doing so without regard for how the technology will be exploited by law enforcement, ICE, and other government agencies prone to violence and racial discrimination."

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    A person familiar with the patent told Fox News that the filing is only an application and has not been issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; they also noted that, like most patents, it does not necessarily reflect any definitive plans for future products.

    Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this report.

    Christopher Carbone covers technology and science for Fox News Digital. Tips or story leads: christopher.carbone@foxnews.com. Follow @christocarbone.

    Amazon employee accused of stealing nearly $4,000 in items, shipping customers empty boxes

    Amazon's holiday marketing slogan is "Can you feel it?," but one now-former employee may have misinterpreted it as "Can I steal it?"

    The former employee in Florida is accused of stealing nearly $4,000 in merchandise and gift cards and shipping customers empty boxes.

    Authorities said Elvis Edgardo Soto, whose job was to pack items for shipping, took the stolen goods from the packaging line in a Lake Nona fulfillment center. Some of the stolen merchandise included several iPhone cases, an Apple Watch band, eyebrow pomade and a toy pony.

    He was arrested Tuesday and faces felony third-degree grand theft, the Orlando Sentinel reported. He has been released on $500 bond.

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    A public relations manager for the retail giant confirmed Wednesday that Soto, 20, “no longer works for Amazon.”

    A loss prevention officer discovered the thefts after running a report for gift cards that had been redeemed within six hours of being issued by the facility, according to the paper.

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    Two suspicious redemptions from Nov. 6 were linked to Soto – one for $2,000 and the other for $250, an arrest report said. Three more were later identified for a total of $900.

    Soto admitted to the thefts and explained that he would pocket the items he wanted and ship out empty boxes to customers, the report said.

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    Amazon execs grilled, jeered at New York City Council hearing over HQ2

    New York City Council members unloaded on Amazon and the Economic Development Corporation during a contentious hearing about the tech giant's plan to bring its second headquarters to the Long Island City waterfront.

    During the hearing, two Amazon executives were peppered with questions about the deal that will bring at least 25,000 jobs paying an average of $150,000 per year in exchange for tax breaks and perks worth up to $3 billion. The plan for a helipad, which has been criticized by Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, drew particular scorn.

    "The only transportation piece of this project I've seen involves a helipad. I'm serious. This is like something out of The Onion," said New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson in his opening remarks. "So yes, Jeff Bezos' commute is all set. What about the rest of the New Yorkers crammed into the subways every day?

    Johnson, who plans to have more public hearings in the coming months, also said: "I'm already seeing stories of a real estate boom in Long Island City. Is that a good thing? Not to most New Yorkers who are already struggling to afford their rents here."

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    “We believe this project will be a positive economic impact for the city and the state,” said Brian Huseman, vice president of public policy for Amazon, according to The New York Times. His remarks were reportedly met by guffaws from the audience, which seemed to be comprised mostly of the project's opponents.

    Later in the hearing, which was interrupted by applause and jeers at times, Brian Huseman, Amazon's vice president of public policy, said that Amazon will fund the construction of the helipad and that it will not be used by any of the tech behemoth's senior executives.

    Johnson reportedly responded: "Do you realize how out of touch that seems for the average New Yorker?"

    The City Council Speaker, who represents a huge swath of Manhattan neighborhoods in District 3, had a hard time getting the two Amazon executives to agree to more public hearings.

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    "You're a trillion dollar company that's coming to New York City, you're avoiding the land use process, you're taking $3 billion in money and you won't agree to come to public hearings?" he asked.

    The Amazon executives said they'd be happy to continue a dialogue with the City Council, but Johnson insisted that any dialogue had to be in public.

    Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, who has also expressed opposition to the deal, asked the Amazon executives if the company would agree to redirect the $500 million state capital grant to four massive public housing projects in Queens.

    “So we’re going to create jobs here in the city,” Huseman said, according to Courthouse News. Later, he explained that about half the jobs would be technical and half nontechnical; Holly Sullivan, Amazon's head of worldwide economic development, said the company would hire 2,000 to 3,000 workers in New York on an annual basis.

    At another point in the hearing, James Patchett, president and CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, which had a hand in negotiating the deal, defended the agreement and pointed to a Quinnipiac University poll of New York voters showing 57 percent approve of the planned Long Island City HQ2.

    According to Courthouse News, opponents of the deal have said the poll is not representative of Queens residents, nearly half of whom are immigrants and many of whom are undocumented.

    The poll also indicated less support for $3 billion in subsidies, with nearly 80 percent of those surveyed saying New York City should be "more involved" with Amazon's plans.

    When the Amazon executives and city officials were sworn in, protesters in the chamber's balcony unfurled a blue banner that said “No to Amazon.” Opponents of the deal reportedly shouted, “G-T-F-O, Amazon has got to go!”

    Christopher Carbone covers technology and science for Fox News Digital. Tips or story leads: christopher.carbone@foxnews.com. Follow @christocarbone.

    Amazon reportedly targets airports for checkout-free store expansion

    Travelers may soon see Amazon's cashier-less, high-tech store format at airports.

    According to the Reuters exclusive report, the online retail giant has been evaluating top U.S. airports as potential new locations for its Amazon Go concept.

    A total of seven Amazon Go stores, which use sensors and cameras so that shoppers don't have to check out in the traditional sense when they leave the store, already exist in Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle.

    “The lead for Amazon Go requested a meeting,” read a June 27 email obtained by Reuters from a technology adviser who supports Los Angeles International, the second-busiest airport in the country, to a concessions official. “Interested?”

    An account manager at Amazon's cloud unit also reportedly asked San Jose International Airport for a meeting and referenced Amazon Go as "one of many possibilities we can discuss."

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    Amazon declined to comment to Reuters.

    “Think about how you can expose your brand,” a person familiar with the matter told Reuters, on condition of anonymity. “You’ll be able to build broad awareness just being in a dozen of the best airports.”

    More than 350 million passengers boarded flights at the nation's top 12 airports last year, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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    However, the news agency notes that operating in airports will present other challenges for Amazon Go.

    Workers would need a security clearance to staff concessions after security checkpoints, and retail space at airports can be expensive to lease. In addition, many airports are publicly run and require would-be concession operators to put in public bids for retail space.

    Christopher Carbone covers technology and science for Fox News Digital. Tips or story leads: christopher.carbone@foxnews.com. Follow @christocarbone.

    24 Amazon employees hospitalized, one in critical condition, after exposure to bear repellent

    At least one Amazon employee is in critical condition after being exposed to fumes from a can of bear repellent that was punctured at a New Jersey warehouse Wednesday morning, sending a total of 24 workers to local hospitals.

    Officials say a total of 54 workers at the Robbinsville facility experienced difficulty breathing and burning in the throat and eyes after an automated machine pierced a 9 oz. can of bear repellent at approximately 8:45 a.m., NJ.com reported.

    Robbinsville Fire Department members responded to the scene and said that emergency officials were investigating “fumes” as EMTs were “triaging multiple patients.”

    Robbinsville Township spokesman John Nalbone told The Washington Post that the repellent contained concentrated amounts of capsaicin, a chile pepper extract from the pepper plant capsicum. He said the warehouse itself was not evacuated but that the area where the can was discharged was cleared.

    It was unclear how many workers were exposed to the fumes but 24 employees were taken to five area hospitals and at least one was listed in critical condition.

    Another 30 people were treated at the warehouse.

    Rachael Lighty, a spokeswoman for Amazon, confirmed the accident Wednesday to The Washington Post, adding that safety “is our top priority.”

    “Today at our Robbinsville fulfillment center, a damaged aerosol can dispensed strong fumes in a contained area of the facility,” she said in a statement. “The safety of our employees is our top priority, and as such, all employees in that area have been relocated to a safe place and employees experiencing symptoms are being treated on-site. As a precaution, some employees have been transported to local hospitals for evaluation and treatment. We appreciate the swift response of our local responders.”

    The incident remains under investigation.

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    Amazon in New York: Ocasio-Cortez sounds off as tech behemoth seeks lobbyists

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Amazon's plans to set its new headquarters in New York on Tuesday, as the tech giant reportedly seeks help from lobbyists to navigate the increasing hostility of some elected officials toward the deal.

    Amazon is slated to accept a range of incentives worth at least $2.5 billion from the city and state in exchange for its campus in Long Island City, Queens, but the deal orchestrated by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, both Democrats, has prompted a backlash.

    The new headquarters is expected to employ 25,000 workers full time.

    "Now what I DON’T want is for our public funds to be funding freebie helipads for Amazon + robber baron billionaires," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, "all while NYCHA and public schools go underfunded & mom+pops get nowhere near that kind of a break," the newly elected congresswoman said Tuesday afternoon.

    Many claim city-owned housing is in a state of disrepair, and residents have long complained about peeling paint, a lack of heat or hot water, and poor lighting. City officials estimate they would need $32 billion to get New York City Housing Authority properties, which total 178,000 apartments, fully modernized and up to code. Gov. Cuomo claims that NYCHA's problem is mismanagement, not a lack of funds.

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    Amazon's deal with the city does include building helipads near the site on the waterfront in Queens.

    The tech giant is also reaching out to lobbyists for help now that the atmosphere toward its plans in New York has become less than welcoming, according to Crain's New York.

    "Amazon is really the singular embodiment to the left of the ills of monopoly capitalism," one specialist in public affairs told Crain's. "The richest man in the world who makes millions a day and who runs warehouses that pay workers terribly and increasingly is monopolizing the economy."

    Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, speaks at the Economic Club of Washington’s Milestone Celebration in Washington. (Associated Press)

    Even so, blocking Amazon from expanding into Long Island City will be challenging, since New York City Council was bypassed during the planning process.

    However, according to Crain's, most observers believe that the state's Public Authorities Control Board will have to weigh in. The board, which has representatives from the governor, the senate majority leader and the assembly speaker, killed the Bloomberg administration's Olympic stadium but approved the massive Atlantic Yards development (now known as Pacific Park) in downtown Brooklyn.

    In addition, state officials are reportedly planning a public meeting about Amazon for sometime this month.

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    Amazon previously told Fox News: "We have created over 250,000 full time, full benefit jobs across the U.S. that now have a minimum $15 an hour pay. We have invested more than $160 billion in the U.S. economy since 2011 which has created over 360,000 indirect jobs in construction, hospitality, logistics, and other professional services."

    Fox News reached out to Amazon for comment on lobbying efforts and Ocasio-Cortez's statements.

    Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez seems confident that Amazon's potential new lobbying efforts won't work in the reshaped, decidedly more liberal landscape of New York City politics.

    "Too bad — in 2018, Queens voters elected a SLATE of officials up & down ballot that reject corporate money," she tweeted.

    Christopher Carbone covers technology and science for Fox News Digital. Tips or story leads: christopher.carbone@foxnews.com. Follow @christocarbone.