Earlier today we reported that Amazon is selling a book titled The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure. The book itself is a disgrace – a how-to guide for pedophiles. It includes, among other things, tips on how to get away with it and how to avoid sexually transmitted diseases by purchasing condom-like products for children too small to use actual condoms.
Regardless, Amazon will not remove the book from its store, and has told us “Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable. Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions.” It remains available for sale and download.
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and that's just from the first few pages. No one here could stomach reading any more.
Amazon's own policies prohibit content that includes “offensive material,” as well as content that “may lead to the production of an illegal item or illegal activity.” I think any reasonable person would argue that this fails both tests.
We are very much in favor of free speech. But like Facebook's obsession with Holocaust denial, that doesn't mean Amazon has to condone something so clearly disgusting, and profit from it.
I, for one, will not buy anything from Amazon until this and any similar titles are removed from their store. If you agree, comment below.