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'Utterly unbecoming': Jeff Bezos is getting slammed by tech leaders for how Amazon HQ2 sites were selected

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is losing face in the tech community, if the reaction on Twitter from fellow industry leaders to Amazon's HQ2 decision-making process is any indication.

The 14-month process of selecting a location for Amazon's highly anticipated new headquarters, known as HQ2, ended on Tuesday, when the tech giant said it would be split between two cities: Queens, New York, and Arlington, Virginia.

The investment that Amazon had promised for the chosen HQ2 home - $5 billion and 50,000 jobs - will be split between the two cities. As part of their platform to woo Amazon, they're offering the tech giant billions of dollars in tax breaks and cash grants.

The deal has sparked outrage from New York residents and local politicians, including Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and state Sen. Michael Gianaris, a Queens lawmaker who described the offered funds as a "ransom" New York was paying.

Read more: New York City has lured Amazon with more than $1.5 billion in incentives - here's what else they agreed to

Meanwhile, playmakers in the tech industry have used social media to slam Bezos for the large amounts of money the cities offered in exchange for HQ2 and for a lack of transparency in the decision-making process.

In a series of tweets, the developer David Heinemeier Hansson, of Ruby on Rails fame, accused Bezos, the richest man in the world, of extracting "blatant loot" from cities in a move of "total domination."

Hansson, a founder of the web development firm Basecamp, also questioned Bezos' role as a stakeholder in his company.

Hansson wasn't the only one in the tech community to slam Bezos.

Take a look at some of the other tech leaders who expressed their frustration with Bezos and Amazon on Twitter:

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