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Amazon Has Stopped Selling Indian Flag Doormats, But Indian Customers Are Still Furious

The company's app continues to be downrated in the Google play store.

12/01/2017 4:34 PM IST | Updated 12/01/2017 5:01 PM IST
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Amazon's trouble over the sale of Indian flag doormats hasn't ended yet.

Even after the company stopped selling the offending doormats after a stern warning from Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, protesters have started downvoting the Amazon app on the Google play store. Several users have also posted negative comments about the app of the e-commerce giant.

On Wednesday, Sushma Swaraj had threatened on Twitter to cancel all the visas of the officials working with Amazon if the doormats with Indian flags on them were not taken down. These listings first appeared on the Canadian portal of the company.

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Some of the users even threatened to uninstall the app because of the incident.

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While more users are downrating the app and posting comments to express their anger against Amazon, this is not the first time Indian users have taken such action.

In 2015, when Aamir Khan, who was signed on as the brand ambassador of Snapdeal, criticised the Indian State for becoming increasingly intolerant, several users uninstalled the Snapdeal app and gave it 1-star ratings. The Times Now app met with a similar fate after Arnab Goswami, then employed with Times Now, reported negatively about Islamist preacher Zakir Naik.

In yet another such instance, during the Net Neutrality debate last year, many users gave poor ratings to the Flipkart app as the company were participating in the Airtel Zero program which provided free access to certain apps on the network.

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