‘HELLO’ FROM AMAZON – Big Brother style review censorship


Dear Readers

A few weeks ago I woke up to this message:

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We are writing to inform you that we have removed your review privileges and suppressed all of your reviews. Any new reviews written will automatically be suppressed. We took this action because you have failed to comply with our review guidelines and manipulated product reviews. For detailed information on the guidelines, please visit: http://amazon.com/help/customer-reviews-guidelines.

Surprised and curious I asked them for clarification on the matter but have had no personal reply to my appeal. Amazon removed all of the reviews I wrote: 1700 of them without discussion or ‘trial’. Eventually I received this:

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We’ve removed Customer Reviews left by your account because it’s come to our attention that you have violated our policies by manipulating Customer Reviews. Any attempt to manipulate ratings, feedback, or Customer Reviews is prohibited.

After reviewing your account, we’ve determined…

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#Read about Guest #Author Riley Amos Westbrook

Got a guest post up on the Story Reading Ape today. Gotta thank Chris for letting me do a guest blog!

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Everyone DiesFirst off, let’s give a little introduction to ourselves. My name is Riley Amos Westbrook, and I have my beautiful wife Sara with me today. We’re the authors of a fantasy trilogy called Breath of the Titans: The False Titanbringer, as well as a good old fashioned zombie story called Everyone Dies At The End. I’ve only been an author for a little over a year now, but I’ve learned a lot. Below are some of the conclusions I’ve reached after becoming a bit more educated.

I’m learning there’s a difference between bad grammar and bad grammar. You can have a clear voice, full of information, that tells who, what, when, where, and why, and yet still say absolutely nothing. That is bad grammar. The misuse of words that you think are correct, because darnit, that’s how I’ve done it my whole life. My wife and I have…

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