Amazon declined to sell a book so Elon Musk called for it to be broken up

That escalated quickly


Elon Musk has called for Amazon.com to be broken up because it declined to sell a book.

As is so often the case these days, this one starts on Twitter where author Alex Berenson expressed his displeasure at Amazon declining to sell his new tome titled “Unreported Truths about COVID-19 and Lockdowns: Part 1: Introduction and Death Counts and Estimates”.

Rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it!

But we digress.

Berenson expressed his considerable disappointment that Amazon refused to sell his book and labelled the decision to do so censorship.

His Muskiness, perhaps a little fatigued after a big week of launching people and satellites into orbit and fighting to keep Tesla factories open, shot back as follows.

It's unclear if Musk had any knowledge about the book’s contents or Amazon’s policies. Nor is there any indication of why he felt that this incident should be the trigger for governmental intervention in Amazon’s operations. But Berenson feels Musk's star power encouraged Amazon to reverse its decision and sell the book in its digital souk.

And just to top this turgid tale, despite the absence of evidence of censorship and Amazon being free to stock whatever products it wishes to, the book’s binning became a skirmish in the culture wars. ®

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