Amazon Alters its Content Policy, Pulls Books it Deems as ‘Hate Speech’
Amazon embarked on its campaign to stifle free speech and “burn books” by altering its content policy to forbid literature that, in its eyes, promote ‘hate speech.’
The policy change came sometime prior to this week and began its work by removing a book critical of transgender ideology from its digital bookshelf. The book, “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement,” was taken down from the retail giant’s main web store, Kindle servers and audiobook section, without any explanation, even after sitting on its digital shelves for three years largely without controversy.
According to the book’s blurb on the Barnes & Noble website, it “exposes the contrast between the media’s sunny depiction of gender fluidity and the often sad reality of living with gender dysphoria. It gives a voice to people who tried to “transition” by changing their bodies, and found themselves no better off. Especially troubling are the stories told by adults who were encouraged to transition as children but later regretted subjecting themselves to those drastic procedures. “
In speaking with Just the News, the book’s author and political philosopher, Ryan Anderson, said that he received zero explanation from Amazon on his work’s ban. His publisher received no explanation as well. When Just the News reached out to the company for more insight, they simply provided them with a link to the updated content policy.
The content policy through the link provided states that in terms of books, Amazon doesn’t “sell certain content including content that we determine is hate speech…or other material we deem inappropriate or offensive."
Just last August, exposed through a search on the Internet Archives, Amazon’s policy included nothing related to hate speech being banned from its shelves, but rather stated that they “reserve the right not to sell certain content, such as pornography or other inappropriate content."
On that older version of their policy, the company directed users to a page on “guidelines for other categories of products.” The page stated that the company "does not allow products that promote, incite or glorify hatred," but explicitly did not mention anything about books.
Anderson said that although his book “advances an argument from a certain viewpoint,” he “didn’t get any facts wrong, and didn’t engage in any name-calling.”
He also noted that his book received praise from various reputable people in aligned fields, including "the former psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a longtime psychology professor at NYU, a professor of medical ethics at Columbia Medical School, a professor of psychological and brain sciences at Boston University, [and] a professor of neurobiology at the University of Utah."
Why I labeled the issue as “book burning” in the beginning of this article is because that’s exactly what this is! Amazon is getting rid of books on only one side of an argument – the side that it sees as “offensive” and “hateful.”
THEN WHY THE HECK ARE THEY STILL SELLING HITLER’S “MEIN KAMPF” ON THERE?
The Nazis and Communist Soviets burned books they deemed to be detrimental to the power of the far-left parties in office. It’s the same deal and it’s happening right under our noses. Think George Orwell’s 1984.
You see, Big Tech companies, including Amazon, could care less about what progressives and others on the far-left have to say, but when it comes from the conservative side of the spectrum, it gets shut down. They’re openly weaponizing the events that unfolded at the Capitol building on Jan. 6 as an excuse. We could begin looking at examples of those de-platformed from Facebook like Brandon Straka, or Donald Trump and other supporters from Twitter, or Parler from Amazon servers – the but the list would be way too long.
Is the left being banned, though? No.
The day might come when my book “Is God A Republican?” is banned from being sold on Amazon because of its conservative Christian worldview on politics. It’ll be deemed as “hate speech” simply for that.
My two cents is that purchasing digital copies of books is obviously not the way to go, as we’re seeing. They’re way too easily pulled of shelves by the companies. The recommendation is to get hard copies while we still can of the books progressives can and will label as “hate speech.” Who knows, maybe our Constitution might become one of those?
Amazon’s move is just the beginning and a very dangerous precedence set for other retailers and Big Tech companies to follow. Get what you can in hard copy, while you, before the left pulls it from you.