Antrim man’s surprise after Amazon viral tweet

Publishedduration1 hour agoimage copyrightReutersimage captionAn unwitting intervention by Amazon in the geopolitics of Northern Ireland caught the attention of social media

Amazon has apologised after stumbling into a political debate on Twitter on the status of Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom.

The company's Twitter account told a customer from Northern Ireland he could not watch a programme as it was "only available to subscribers in the UK".

Chris Jones, a writer from Ballyclare in County Antrim, contacted the company after he was unable to watch a rugby match through the Amazon Prime service.

The response he received has been retweeted thousands of times.

In its response Amazon stated: "We apologize but upon reviewing your location you're in Northern Ireland.

"Rugby Autumn Nations Cup coverage is exclusively available to Prime members based in the UK. We don't have the rights to other territories," the tweet said.

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