Russian Propaganda, Amazon’s Next Big Idea, Laundry Startups: This Week’s Inc. Uncensored

This week, Inc. writers and editors discuss the e-commerce company’s reported move into banking. Plus, they explore how Reddit became a platform for Russian propaganda.

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BY Zoe Henry - 10 Mar 2018

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Welcome to the 159th episode of the Inc. Uncensored podcast, hosted by Inc. editor James Ledbetter.

This week, staff writer Zoë Henry discusses Amazon's reported move into the banking business. The e-commerce company is said to be in talks with banks including JP Morgan Chase and Capital One to offer a checking account-type product, but analysts suggest that Amazon won't transform the industry as it has with others.

Then, senior writer Christine Lagorio-Chafkin returns to explore how Russian propaganda infiltrated Reddit. This week, CEO Steve Huffman approached the topic for the first time in a blog post, explaining that the company had identified several hundred fraudulent accounts prior to the 2016 U.S. election. Plus, she discusses how AI could power the next wave of fake news by digitally rendering individuals' faces and voices.

Last but not least, executive director of editorial Jon Fine discusses a forthcoming feature from the March/April issue of Inc., on the startups going after the $40 billion laundry sector.

As always, you can listen to individual episodes of the Inc. Uncensored podcast on the Panoply network or on Apple Podcasts, where you can also subscribe.