AMAZON ACTS RESPONSIBLY

Catalyst April Issue 2012

We recently got a tip from a friend that when he was searching for a book on Amazon.com, The Priest of the Fathers, many patently obscene books turned up as well. Moreover, just typing in “priests” and “Catholic priests” yielded similar results; the words “priests and fathers” triggered even more highly obscene results.

We wrote to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, noting that it was probably a “technical glitch,” but asked that it be corrected anyway. It has been. We received a letter from a customer relations person who said, “I’m very sorry these types of items appeared while using non-offensive search words. We’re consistently making improvements to how our site handles adult-themed content and you should no longer see these results among the top of these searches.” Case closed.


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Written by Bill