I am appalled at Amazon.com. I have spoken about it on my Digital Minute nationally today. And today, I see that pedophilia and porno movies that promote raping woman are all over the site. I guess that they were always there. I didn't find them until I went looking. When I did, you wouldn't believe what is for sale on that site.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, "Amazon's first response was a statement declaring that, '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.'"
Censorship? Really? The company put making money in front of keeping our kids safe. Maybe it is about time our government gets its act together and make sites responsible for materials posted on the sites.
Now, we protect Internet host sites from liability for unlawful content. Amazon and other sites say that laws aren't necessary. The sites self-police what goes on and there are terms and conditions of using the site that say what you can and cannot post.
If that were true, Amazon would not have for sale what it has already taken down and continues to sell.
Where are you Jeff Bezos? Who's in charge? If Amazon would have come in, said we're sorry, it's never going to happen again, that would have been the end of it. But no, they don't want to censor horrific books detailing how to carry out horrific crimes.
Before you write or call me, have you ever met a pedophile? Have you ever had one tell you that your son was beautiful, that he couldn't take his eyes off him? Have you ever had one hold your arm and tell you he'd be happy to take care of your son for you if you need him to? Well, not too long ago, I did and it still gives me chills up and down my spine when I think of this awful man who thought that I was a single mother who needed help.
Tell you what good came of it though is I told my son he was the man we talked about, the man I warned him existed in this world. And that ladies and gentleman made my son more aware of the real dangers.
So Mr. Bezos, remove all books on pedophilia from Amazon. Apologize and make it safe for families shopping at Amazon. Christmas is coming. I'm going to cancel my Amazon account until you do the right thing. I won't give my money to a company like Amazon.