Elizabeth Warren asks Amazon to suppress books with COVID-19 ‘misinformation’

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Its. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., sent a letter to Amazon CEO Andy Jesse demanding that Amazon use its algorithms to curtail sales of the books they characterized as spreading.COVID-19 Wrong information.”

After pulling up search results on Amazon for various COVID-19 and vaccine-related terms, Warren’s team claimed that many of the books that surfaced were “based on lies about COVID-19 vaccines and cures, including Books written by the most prominent broadcasters were also included. Wrong information.”

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“This pattern and practice of abuse shows that Amazon is either unwilling or unable to modify its business practices to prevent the spread of lies or the sale of inappropriate products – one of the nation’s biggest unethical, unacceptable and potentially illegal action. retailers,” Warren wrote. in the letter. “At a time when every step towards ending the pandemic can save countless lives, misinformation has become a major deterrent.”

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“Given the seriousness of this issue, I ask that you urgently review Amazon’s algorithms and, within 14 days, provide both a public report on the extent to which Amazon’s algorithms direct consumers to books and other products.” contain COVID-19 misinformation. And there are plans to modify these algorithms so that they no longer do so,” the senator said.

Warren blames Amazon’s algorithm for promoting the book “The Truth About COVID-19: Exposing the Great Reset, Lockdown, Vaccine Passport, and the New Normal.” The book by Joseph Mercola and Ronnie Cummins is a bestseller on the online marketplace.

The book “emphasizes that vitamin C, vitamin D, and quercetin — supplements sold on Mercola’s website — may prevent COVID-19 infection, a claim with so little scientific basis that the FDA sent a letter instructing Mercola to cease sales of these supplements and unauthorized treatments for COVID-19,” Warren wrote.

He also criticized Amazon for promoting other books advocating for unproven COVID-19 cures.

In a statement to Granthshala News, Amazon stood by the diversity of perspectives depicted in its online library.

“As a company, we continue to encourage our employees to get vaccinated, and we believe this is an important step for communities to stay healthy and recover from the pandemic. As a retailer “We respect that our customers want different types of access. Views on the matter, which is why we continue to list the books,” an Amazon spokesperson told Granthshala News in an email on Monday.

One conservative analyst claimed that Warren’s letter was an attempt to circumvent the Constitution and suppress free speech.

“Warren’s push for more censorship is another example of the growing symbiosis between big tech and big government,” Kara Fredericka research fellow in technology policy at the Heritage Foundation told Granthshala News in an email.

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She also warned that Warren’s letter indicates a “wider trend: the Biden administration and other progressive officials are trying to circumvent the Constitution by pressuring private tech companies to restrict freedom of expression under the broader definition of misinformation. tried.”

“Current attempts to define misinformation are mutable and are often used as a catchall for ‘ideas we don’t like,’” warns Frederick. “This grip is then weaponized against anything on the right to left-wing narratives about many subjects.” (See: NY Post’s 2020 Hunter Biden-Ukraine story, YouTube suppression Ron DeSantis’ policy roundtable on COVID in April, his expulsion of the coronavirus from Hoover’s Scott Atlas Interview last September etc.).”

The analyst also noted that “a few months ago, the Wuhan lab leak theory was actively suppressed by these companies because of misinformation prior to the confluence of the evidence. appearance

“The politics of a healthy body depends on genuine questioning of ideas. Big tech companies’ eagerness to stifle specific points is already crippling our free society—and they helped Elizabeth Warren to accelerate it.” Not needed,” Frederick said.


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