Amazon stop selling self-published offensive & misleading literature

Amazon stop selling self-published offensive & misleading literature

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Richard Fox started this petition to Amazon and

A large number of self published books are freely available on the Amazon website which promote themes such as white supremacy, the denigration black and Asian people, violence towards immigrants, holocaust denial, myths about Jewish 'elites' and 'cabals', religious intolerance, anti-vaccination pseudo-science, homophobic and trans-phobic ideas (such as 'cures') and other discriminatory material.  Because anyone can publish their books on Amazon, the world's largest bookseller, the wide range of these hate-filled or misleading titles almost beggars belief.

Amazon's policy states that it: "does not allow products that promote, incite or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance..."
However this policy will: "apply to all products except books."

With other online platforms, especially social media, being held to account for offensive or misleading material that appears on their websites, why is Amazon still publishing content that promotes hate, intolerance?  Why does Amazon's Offensive Materials policy not apply to books?  When is Amazon going to take responsibility for the hate-filled material that is being disseminated via it's online platform?.

This is not a case of banning free speech, all of these authors are free to print and circulate their own copies of their 'books', to speak at meetings and put their own websites. This is a case of how Amazon choose to police their own publishing platform and allow offensive materials to be circulated.  Appearing on the Amazon website gives credibility to ideas that most people find quite unacceptable.

We call upon Amazon to:

1. CHANGE THEIR OFFENSIVE MATERIALS POLICY TO APPLY TO BOOKS, AUDIO AND VIDEO PRODUCTS AND INCLUDE MISLEADING MATERIAL.
2. MAKE IT EASIER TO REPORT BOOKS THAT BREACH THE POLICY,
3. CREATE OR ENLARGE THE DEPARTMENT RESPONSIBLE FOR REVIEWING CONCERNS OVER OFFENSIVE MATERIAL.

It took me 10 minutes to find over 30 titles whose content would be unacceptable on any social media platform or book shop.  How difficult could this be for Amazon?

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