Former FBI Director James Comey’s new book, “A Higher Loyalty,” is highly critical of President Trump, the man who fired him.
The book might as well double as a magnet — an online troll magnet.
But on Amazon, Comey’s book has just a little more than 700 reviews despite being No. 1 on the company’s non-fiction bestseller list last week. And it has an average 5-star rating, the highest rating possible.
Amazon is letting only verified buyers of Comey’s book post online reviews, the company has confirmed.
“When numerous reviews post in a short amount of time that are unrelated to the product, we suppress all non-Amazon Verified Purchase (AVP) reviews,” an Amazon spokeswoman told SiliconBeat Monday. “Reviews are meant to help customers by providing real feedback on a product from other customers who have tried it.”
A verified purchaser is someone who bought the book from Amazon, whether in print or in e-book form.
Amazon’s decision is getting some poor reviews. Censorship accusations are flying around online outside the Amazon online universe, such as on Twitter and Facebook.
“Looks like we can’t trust Amazon, either,” says Twitter user @glorielle03, whose profile includes the hashtags #MAGA and #AmericaFirst.
“Hello, you need to publicly provide a list of other books besides James Comey’s that are locked in at a 4+ Star rating,” said Facebook user Tom Lakinshire on Amazon’s Facebook page. “This is extremely misleading to anyone looking to purchase the book, but I’m assuming that’s the intention. You’re about to lose me and many others as a customers.”
The Amazon spokeswoman said “we never reject reviews based on star rating or sentiment.”
Deadline, which was the first to report on the review limits on Comey’s book, notes that Amazon has limited reviews on other political-theme books before, including Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury,” which is also about the Trump administration, and Hillary Clinton’s “What Happened.”
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