If you don’t want to drive to the store and wait in line, think twice before you head over to Amazon. We could easily say that this warning is because Amazon is destroying small businesses. However, it’s a bit more than that. They’ve decided to partner with Chinese propaganda, and it’s worth knowing exactly what it is that they’re doing.
Amazon has decided that they want to appease the Chinese Communist Party. There’s a book that was published that helps to share all sorts of Chinese propaganda, and it’s currently available on Amazon. The title is “Xi Jinping: The Governance of China.”
What’s unfortunate is that it is getting some negative reviews (you’re shocked, right?). Well, books with poor reviews don’t sell as much – and this is a problem for all of the communists out there.
The easiest solution is for the Chinese Communist Party to demand that negative reviews and ratings of the book stop being allowed.
And, as Reuters reported, Amazon has caved. A company insider said, “I think the issue was anything under five stars.”
Wouldn’t it be great if every author could just demand that bad reviews be removed? It would make it much easier to sell garbage.
What’s worse is that Amazon has agreed. Apparently, they don’t care a thing about integrity. They could hold strong that reviews and ratings are an important part of their marketplace and if authentic users are rating the book lower, the public has a right to know. But that would cause Amazon to lose the support of China. So, they’ve bowed to Beijing’s demand. Anything below a five-star review of Xi’s book is simply removed from the Chinese site of Amazon (Amazon.cn).
Right now, the government-published book contains no customer reviews, ratings, or comments – a feature that is included on every other Amazon.com site.
Reuters reported that Amazon’s compliance is something a lot bigger than a one-off instance. Rather, it is a decade-long effort to win the favor of Chinese commerce companies so that they can protect their growing business in one of the largest marketplaces of the world.
We’ve already seen how Amazon has been failing. Their “Prime” delivery is not the one-day that it used to be. And there are more and more sellers from China that sell things that are nothing like the picture shared. And to get your money back? It’s nearly impossible as many of the sellers demand a video of the original unboxing of whatever was purchased. Yet, it’s not evident when you buy from Amazon that whatever it is that is being purchased has to be shipped from China first. To do that would prevent Amazon from making money.
Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, has been reported as a libertarian. However, he donates almost exclusively to the Democratic Party.
Now, as a huge supporter of the Democratic Party, we have to assume that he’s listening to at least a few politicians. So, they’re likely in favor of him caving to Beijing’s demands, too.
Amazon, as a result of allowing this propaganda to show up on their Chinese site without reviews, is basically showing off just how hypocritical they are. They have no problem with censoring criticism of the CCP. They’ll hide the fact that the dictator commits genocide against the Uyghurs. And, they’ll continue pushing Chinese-made goods to everyone around the world through Amazon.com without even bothering to inform people where these products are coming from.
The Chinese propaganda will continue because Bezos doesn’t know any boundaries. He even owns the Washington Post, where propaganda is shared daily in “China Daily” inserts.
Great job, Amazon. Great job.