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posted by [personal profile] elenya at 09:59am on 13/04/2009
As many of you are already aware, Amazon have stirred up a storm online over the sudden removal of sales rankings from gay related literature, and compounded it by a stock response.

To quote [livejournal.com profile] tehdely "Basically, #amazonfail is the name for a brewing Internet shitstorm that started some time on Easter Sunday regarding Amazon.com's sudden decision to blacklist any books with LGBT(QQI) content from appearing in best-seller lists or search results. The blacklist also apparently extends to books with feminist themes, books about dealing with rape, etc. Initial complaints to Amazon resulted in the following stock response, which just angered people more:

In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature."

The anger was compounded by the fact that a)het porn was left untouched (giving the lie to "we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists") and b)non-adult themed LGBT books were removed from the listings/search engine such as John Barrowman's autobiography (again giving the lie to "we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists")

See [livejournal.com profile] blackbird_song for more information, and see [livejournal.com profile] tehdely for the troll theory on why this has happened, which actually makes a lot of sense. Whatever, this is a PR disaster for Amazon, and I won't be buying anything from them until they sort this out.

Write to Amazon and sign a petition here: http://tinyurl.com/d5dbo3

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