Skip to comments.Amazon is shutting down reviews and reviewers for conservative books
Posted on 09/19/2018 8:29:11 AM PDT by tbw2
Amazon's review algorithm has been flagging reviewers who leave a review of books by conservative authors Jon Del Arroz and Vox Day. It then tells them that they're unacceptably biased, removing ALL reviews they've posted and banning them from putting up any new reviews.
This has happened to a number of fans and reviewers of their books.
Want To Leave An Amazon Review? Not If Youve Read My Books!
Amazon has done this same thing to a top 500 reviewer who gave a positive review to Joseph Farah’s book, so this is truly systematic oppression of conservative voices.
Note that Amazon is THE top ecommerce seller, so restricting reviews and removing them is a deliberate strategy to throttle sales of conservative content.
Apology aside, Amazon still punishing Farah, top Christian reviewer
1 post conspicuously not reinstated among hundreds pulled for ‘bias’
There’s no evidence they’re doing the same to any liberal authors’ books, and they have been seen to remove negative one star reviews of books by major libs like Clinton.
Dow is up 185, Amazon is down 23. Why the big divergence?
If the reviewer is a legitimate buyer of a book or product, then the review is appropriate.
Reviews should be limited to only those who have bought the book in question from Amazon. That is fair..............
Amazon is overvalued by Wall Street institutional investors, and the hedge funds are shorting.
Are you familiar with Amazon reviews at all?
I have reviewed both authors, and have not been shut down.
They’re putting politics first.
They’re removing a number of nonprofits from the Amazon Smile donation program per the SPLC list.
They’re listing a number of conservative top sellers but intentionally hurting their sales by limiting inventory. Oh, great, Joseph Farah has a book up ... and they only stocked a thousand copies or so. Jordan Peterson’s book sells out? You can backorder it, and they take their time shipping it because they don’t want those crazy conservatives reading too much ... oh, and would you like the Kindle version?
They’re systematically purging conservative reviews, and it appears to be by algorithm given that I now know multiple people who bought Jon Del Arroz’s scifi books or the “Alt-Hero” comics and reviewed them and were banned within an hour.
The WND story on the top Christian reviewer who reviewed Farah’s book shows that it is truly systematic oppression - not just Arroz and Day’s works but others, too.
I found out in my case that tech support is sidelining my tickets for the issue. Every time, we promise to fix it within 24 hours. Call back or message three days later. We promise to restore it in 24 hours. The first time they did it, it took 2 weeks of nagging. This time happened within an hour of reviewing the new Alt-Hero comic. But it wasn’t triggered by reviewing kid uniforms, food products, electronic cables. Review that one thing, and boom, it is down again. And back to the generic silence.
What is damning is that I tried a different support path, since the company is still stupid enough to send me emails on “why don’t you review this X that you bought?” Yes, they’re asking me to review stuff though they shut down my reviews. That tech support guy says oh, they put it in this queue, this holding area. No, they’re not working on it.
Reviews are the lifeblood of ecommerce. This is what increases the odds you’ll sell a product, whether it is a high review or a large number of reviews. At the opposite end of the spectrum, a few negative reviews will kill the sale. They are INTENTIONALLY hurting sales of conservative content because they are putting political dogma ahead of profit.
I have read some.....................
I know of multiple cases where Amazon removed the reviews and all other reviews the people did when they legitimately bought the book or song.
Another weird one was the flagging of Moira Grey Peatland’s harp music as “explicit” after she published her book “The Last Closet” condemning the homosexual lifestyle. It took months for them to fix that.
The reviews do designate if it was bought via Amazon by the reviewer.
When I discovered this I immediately stopped ordering from socialist Amazon!
I know. But they are not limited, IIRC.............
Thanks for that tip
ALL reviews by one person?
That seems a bit tough.....................
Yes on both accounts.
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