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Posted: 2020-08-08 9:57:43

How Amazon puts misinformation on your reading list | John Naughton

“ Scrolling through a simple keyword search for “vaccine” in Amazon’s top-level books section, she found “anti-vax literature prominently marked as ‘#1 Best Seller’

From John Naughton at E-commerce | The Guardian
Originally published 2020 08 08
in the online world, information warfare is now ubiquitous. And since books are really just containers for information and ideas, it was predictable that marketplaces such as Amazon would become targets for manipulation. Truth is always the first casualty in war.
Scrolling through a simple keyword search for “vaccine” in Amazon’s top-level books section, she found “anti-vax literature prominently marked as ‘#1 Best Seller’ in categories ranging from Emergency Pediatrics to History of Medicine to Chemistry. The first pro-vaccine book appears 12th in the list. Bluntly named Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism, it’s the only pro-vaccine book on the first page of search results.”
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