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Amazon Flex drivers are using bots to cheat their way to getting more work

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEFeb. 9, 2020, 7:17 PM UTCBy Annie Palmer, CNBCLike many gig economy workers, Amazon Flex drivers start off their day by opening an app.The Flex app is where drivers find package delivery jobs in their area. After they log in, drivers will repeatedly tap a big orange refresh button until delivery shifts, referred to as "blocks," appear on the screen.As soon as blocks pop up, drivers race to claim one of a handful of available shifts. They have seconds to claim a shift by swiping on the block then tapping "accept" on the screen. New shifts appear in the app at seemingly random intervals, and if they don't swi ...