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Amazon Backpedals; Blames “Glitch”

Yeah right.


NEW YORK – A “glitch” on Amazon.com has caused the sales rank to be removed from gay- and/or lesbian-themed books by James Baldwin, Gore Vidal and others.

“There was a glitch in our systems and it’s being fixed,” Amazon’s director of corporate communications, Patty Smith, said in an e-mail Sunday.

Anyone else buying this? Or anything ELSE from Amazon?  Seems to me that there might be another explanation…


A spokeswoman for online retail giant Amazon is blaming a computer glitch for the “sales rank” removal of gay and lesbian themed books, news of which spread rapidly across social networks like Twitter and Facebook this weekend.

“There was a glitch in our systems and it’s being fixed,” Amazon’s director of corporate communications, Patty Smith, said in an email on Sunday.

“We’re working to correct the problem as quickly as possible,” she said, but refused to share further details about the nature of the glitch.

News that Amazon.com had de-listed gay and lesbian book titles from its sales ranking system – apparently because they had been deemed adult content – raced across the blogosphere and through online communities on Sunday, with furious internet users accusing the company of censorship.

* Related- Amazon: LGBT books too “adult” to be ranked.

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