A deep reluctance for affirmative action by Amazon’s CEO

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If Twitter UK can be embarrassed into acting quickly, ridding itself of cyber bullies and other assorted trolls by the British news media, backed by the government, plus to have them arrested and publically exposed to the nation, then why hasn’t the head office of Amazon in the United States been forced to take the same action when it comes to attacks by trolls on Indie writers who are ordinary law abiding citizens like you and I?

Could it be that the reason it has happened is simply because the UK victims of the Twitter troll attacks and cyber bullying are all prominent women?  One of them is Professor Mary Beard who was threatened with a bomb  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/23565145 . Another is Caroline Criado-Perez, the woman who campaigned successfully to get the face of the eighteenth century author Jane Austin on the UK ten pound note, something which should have happened decades ago.

Why is it that the US government is seemingly reluctant to take on Amazon over its deliberate protection of cyber bullies? What will it take to force them into action I wonder? May I suggest that if a senior US politician had been attacked for daring to write a novel and promote it on Amazon and its degenerate subsidiary Goodreads, the government would have closed ranks around the writer in question and moved heaven and earth to solve the situation?

The time has long since passed for any hope of Amazon doing the decent thing voluntarily. I would argue that the US government needs to publically embarrass the CEO of Amazon into affirmative action. If it means that it prosecutes Amazon, demanding a massive fine running into the tens of billions if Amazon refuses to comply, so be it. What Trump and his government need to decide right now is who is the more powerful in the land,  them or Amazon? So what if Amazon and other major corporations donate to the various political party funds? In this instance being loyal to your financial backers has to take a back seat to the rights of the common man or woman.

The only people who care about the on-going, mostly foul mouthed attacks by the trolls on Goodreads and Amazon are their victims – the Indie writers concerned. The problem is that not one of them can be classed as a prominent citizen. If they were then maybe Amazon would have been forced to close down Goodreads once and for all and to rid its own shadowy chat rooms of the trolls who inhabit them. Amazon claim that while they do not condone personal attacks, when it comes to removing an attack thinly disguised as a one star review, they are seemingly reluctant to do so. Who is in charge at Amazon? It certainly is not Amazon’s boss – Jeffrey P. Bezos

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3 thoughts on “A deep reluctance for affirmative action by Amazon’s CEO

  1. Jack, Amazon is a corrupt company trying to form an illegal entity, a monopoly, specifically to control literature of the planet. Therefore why would you expect them to do anything that is counter productive to their aims. Policing their forums and reviews with real people is not cost effective. Many people understand the part about the monopoly but what they don’t get is Amazon want’s not only control of sales but also of content.

    Amazon poses a real threat to free speech. If they gain control of the book market globally they can pick and choose which books and authors are presented to their customers and thereby shape public opinion on a planetary scale. Very dangerous.

    On the other hand Amazon does not want to discourage indie or self publishing but wants the complete crap off it’s sites. How to solve that dilemma? Why you just let the trolls do your dirty work and weed them out for you. But the trolls, they just keep trolling, stalking, bullying and harassing any indie who falls under their gaze, good or bad.

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    • While what you say may have a glimmer of truth to it Rick, you are completely missing the point. Unless or until someone considered worthy of note becomes the target of the trolls, nothing positive will happen.

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      • Or until some unstable writer suicides after a vicious troll attack. A good metaphor here is the dangerous intersection of two roads. People will say for years that the intersection need a traffic light and if they don’t put one up someone will be killed there. So what happens? Nothing, until someone IS killed then there a light there in two weeks. Same principle applies here. The trolls won’t be stopped until they cause a death. Them they will be gone so fast you won’t even notice they are no longer there. That’s when all the victims can come forward and implicate both Amazon and Goodreads in the death because they will claim no knowledge of the criminal activities until we let the press know this has been going on for years with the full knowledge of both sites. That’s when TSHTF.

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