Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced the tech giant is donating to recovery efforts in Australia as wildfires ravage the continent, but many critics are saying the contribution is not enough.
On Sunday, Bezos revealed on Instagram Amazon would donate $1 million Australian dollars – or $690,000 in U.S. dollars – for “needed provisions and services” amid a wildfire crisis in the region.
“Our hearts go out to all Australians as they cope with these devastating bushfires,” wrote Bezos in his post.
Critics have slammed Bezos for not doing more to help with recovery efforts in light of his vast wealth. According to Forbes real-time billionaires list, Bezos’ net worth is $116.7 billion.
“You can do better what a shame,” wrote Instagram user andre.florio in a comment on Bezos’ post. “For a company like Amazon to donate that little is an insult,” said fellow Instagram user rorycodd.
Twitter users also criticized the Amazon CEO, pointing out the donation represents a small fraction of his fortune.
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Not everyone was quick to slam Bezos. Some users supported the gesture. “Keep in mind: Bezos didn’t have to donate anything,” said Instagram user cassidyhatter. “Stay grateful.”
In a blog post published last week, Amazon Australia said support would include donating needed items to groups on the front lines, cash donations to relief agencies, and “in-kind technical support” to government agencies focused on response and recovery.
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