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An Open Letter To Jeff Bezos PDF

February 24, 2021
Mr. Jeffrey Bezos
Chief Executive Officer
Amazon.com, Inc.
410 Terry Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Dear Mr. Bezos:

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This is the full Letter. The link to download the PDF file is at the bottom of the page

We write regarding Amazon’s recent political censorship activities, particularly the
decision to remove the book When Harry Became Sally by conservative scholar, Ryan Anderson,
from the Amazon website, Kindle, and Audible platforms. Over the past 72 hours, Amazon has
been unable to provide a sufficient explanation as to how Anderson’s book, which reached the
top of two of Amazon’s best-seller lists before it was even released in 2018, supposedly violated
a vague, undefined “offensive content” standard.

When Harry Became Sally prompted important discussions in the national media and
among policymakers in 2018, and remains one of the most rigorously researched and
compassionately argued books on this subject. By removing this book from its marketplaces and
services, Amazon has unabashedly wielded its outsized market share to silence an important
voice merely for the crime of violating woke groupthink.

The internet is at its best when it is an open marketplace of ideas that brings people
together to share, learn from one another, and engage in a range of commercial activities. Many
Americans have come to rely on online retail more than ever before to meet their basic needs,
particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In its decision to remove Mr. Anderson’s book
from its platforms, Amazon has openly signaled to conservative Americans that their views are
not welcome on its platforms. Amazon’s shortsighted censorship of this well-researched and
thoughtful contribution to modern American discourse is not just a decision made in poor taste,
but an assault on free speech that carries weighty implications for the future of open discourse in
the digital age.

In its decision to remove Mr. Anderson’s book from its platforms, Amazon neglected this
duty and openly signaled to conservative Americans that their views are not welcome on its
platforms. We request answers, along with supporting documentation, including communication
with other technology companies and members of the Biden Administration, to the following
questions to clarify the intentions and extent of the actions taken by Amazon to censor speech:

Did Amazon have any discussions in 2018 before When Harry Became Sally was first
published regarding the content as it related to your community standards? If so, please provided documentation that explains why the book was allowed on the platform at the
time.

What was the motivating factor behind Amazon’s decision to remove access to this book
after hosting it for sale for over three years? Is this action part of a broader campaign
against conservative material and voices on Amazon’s platforms?

Did the book violate an Amazon policy? If so, please provide documentation related to
the policy, which passages Amazon identified as “offensive content,” and the step by step
process under which the determination to remove the book was made.

Did the policy change between 2018 and now? If so, please provide documentation that
led to the change and how publishers and sellers were notified of the change.

Was the author or the publisher of the book or given advance warning of the book’s
removal from Amazon’s platforms? Were they provided with a reason for the removal or
a form of recourse?

Amazon Web Services hosts countless websites related to religious, politically
conservative, classically liberal, and other content that falls outside the realm of
acceptable woke groupthink. Are these sites at risk of being denied service by Amazon?

How does the determination of which site to host compare to that of which books to
remove from Amazon’s platforms?

We would appreciate a reply no later than March 9, 2021. Thank you for your attention to
this critical matter.

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