Former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson, a prominent critic of the Wuhan virus lockdowns, submitted his booklet, “Unreported Truths about COVID-19 and Lockdowns” for sale on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing site, where he has had other works published. Ten minutes after he tweeted that his manuscript had been submitted, he added, “I can’t believe it. They censored it,” to this message:
But after fellow billionaire Elon Musk re-tweeted the message to Amazon mogul Jeff Bezos noting “This is insane” and adding “Time to break up Amazon. Monopolies are wrong!,” Amazon reversed its decision. Berenson received notice from Amazon’s customer relations department that his book would, indeed, be available for purchase within hours. Amazon claimed to have pulled the publication “in error.”
It’s nice that Amazon was shamed into dropping its attempted censorship, but the inclination of the tech and communications giants to use their power to control what the public gets to see, hear and read is becoming increasingly apparent. If billionaires are only going to yield to the objections of other billionaires, the nightmare oligarchy will have become a reality.