‘Fake’ accounts claiming to be Amazon workers have been praising their working conditions on Twitter.
Votes are currently being counted in Alabama to decide whether Amazon warehouse workers will form a union.
But last night, a series of anti-union tweets were sent from accounts claiming to be staff.
Twitter has now suspended many of the accounts, and Amazon has confirmed at least one is fake.
Most of the accounts were made just a few days ago, often with only a few tweets, all related to Amazon.
“What bothers me most about unions is there’s no ability to opt out of dues,” one user under the handle @AmazonFCDarla tweeted, despite a state law in Alabama which prevents this.
“Amazon takes great care of me,” she added.
Another account – which later changed its profile picture after it was revealed to be fake – said: “Unions are good for some companies, but I don’t want to have to shell out hundreds a month just for lawyers!”
Many of the accounts involved used the handle @AmazonFC followed by a first name.
Amazon has previously used this handle for its so-called Amazon Ambassadors – real employees who are paid by the firm to promote and defend it on Twitter.
An Amazon spokesperson told the A Marketing Media that Darla was not an official Ambassador, but has not responded to the A Marketing Media request for clarification on several other accounts.
“It appears that this is a fake account that violates Twitter’s terms,” the spokesperson said. “We’ve asked Twitter to investigate and take appropriate action.”
Several of the high-profile accounts have been suspended by Twitter. It told the A Marketing Media that Amazon Ambassadors are subject to Twitter’s rules on spam and platform manipulation.
Accounts which impersonate or falsely claim to be affiliated with a company, can be temporarily suspended or removed.
Any parody account should have a disclaimer in its Twitter bio, the company added.
It is unclear whether the accounts are real employees, bots or trolls pretending to be Amazon Ambassadors.
Taiwanese tech giant ASUS on Tuesday launched new laptops under its ZenBook and VivoBook laptop series that comes with power-packed performance and long battery life.
The new ZenBook 13 OLED (UM325UA) is priced at Rs 79,990. While VivoBook S S14 (M433), VivoBook 17 (M712), VivoBook Flip 14 (TM420), VivoBook Ultra K14/K15 and VivoBook 15 (M515) are priced at Rs 65,990, Rs 62,990, Rs 59,990, Rs 58,990 and Rs 54,990.
“With the launch of the new VivoBook and ZenBook laptops, we have further pushed our boundaries to empower consumers with the latest technology which makes multitasking seamless and boost productivity at the same time,” Arnold Su, Business Head, Consumer and Gaming PC, System Business Group, ASUS India, said in a statement.
“Consumer experience has always been the core of our innovation, and the new ZenBook and VivoBook, featuring the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 U-Series Mobile Processors, are designed to meet the different needs of users while uplifting their overall experience,” Su added.
ZenBook 13 UM325 is a portable everyday ultrabook with the highly efficient AMD Ryzen 5000 U-Series 7nm processor and the Full HD NanoEdge OLED display. The laptop is backed by a 67Wh battery and can deliver up to 16 hours of battery life on a single charge.
The VivoBook S S14 is powered by up to AMD Ryzen 5 5500U Mobile Processor and runs the latest integrated AMD Radeon graphics.
Some of the new laptops come equipped with ASUS Intelligent Performance technology (AIPT) that balances a devices CPU Performance, system temperature, air flow, fan noise and power consumption.
The AIPT technology is capable of boosting the system’s performance by up to 40 per cent while delivering a full day of battery life, while preventing it from overheating.
It also gives users the flexibility to choose between optimum performance or optimum battery life by switching between Whisper Mode, Balanced Mode and Performance mode.
The new laptops are available on offline channels and Flipkart.