Amazon has introduced new policy that will ban any book deemed to be ‘hateful’ or contain ‘hate-speech’.
The most recent book to be hit with this ban was Ryan Anderson’s “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement“. This book was highly critical of Gender Theory and was deemed to be ‘hateful’ by activists.
From The Daily Wire:
When Just the News reached out to Amazon over the ban on Anderson’s book, the outlet said the company directed them to a page outlining their “Content Guidelines for Books.” Under a section labeled “Offensive Content,” Amazon states that they “don’t sell certain content including content that we determine is hate speech, promotes the abuse or sexual exploitation of children, contains pornography, glorifies rape or pedophilia, advocates terrorism, or other material we deem inappropriate or offensive.”
“A review of those policies suggests that sometime in the last few months Amazon made a major change to the ways in which it moderates book content on its servers, imposing a much stricter standard on books than it had previously done,” the report said. It appears the company recently added so-called “hate speech” to their guidelines on book platforming, and is amping up their censorship of the “offensive.”
Daily Wire podcast host and conservative author Matt Walsh warned that the designation from Amazon broadened to include conservative views, as it seems to be leaning, could lead to the potential “end of conservative books.”
With all of the context, this book is not particularly ‘hateful’ by any standard, this book gives the other side of an argument that is taking place in the country. This is why the banning of this particular book is so concerning.
Many Americans feel as if Big Tech has too much control over what they can read and see online, measures like this are just another reason why many hold these beliefs.