Don't mess with Mama Bear and her cubs.
While many people have voiced complaints about the downsides of social media, the mothers of Twitter have used it for a good cause. They have banned together against the nation's leading online business.
Yesterday Amazon was selling an e-book titled, The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child Lover's Code of Conduct. For only $4.95, the e-book would be quickly and privately downloaded. Today, the book has been pulled from the listings because of blogger threats to boycott Amazon. Catherine Conners, writer of the blog, Her Bad Mother. began a Twitter campaign yesterday, sending tweets to over 9,000 followers and also using the hashtag, #AmazonFail.
Her original tweet, which was retweeted hundreds of times, read: "Please boycott @amazon until this (TRIGGER WARNING) pedophilia instruction manual gets removed http://amzn.to/9SKcJi #amazonfail."
Conners told ParentDish, "The abuse of children thrives on silence," she says. "The sexual abuse of children especially thrives on silence. I think that we need to be outspoken and unsilent on anything that supports or perpetuates the abuse of children."
Dr. Phil and Anderson Cooper chimed in on the topic this morning: Click HERE to see the YouTube clip.
Amazon has removed the book, and while many are happy and relieved, others are still wondering when Amazon will release a public apology.
This story gets even more shocking. Apparently the removal of the book has sparked some to say that this book should not be removed and doing so is a violation of the First Amendment. Should we encourage book censorship?
Amazon needs to take steps to ensure that offensive materials that have the potential to harm innocent children are removed. Amazon is a private business. Just because they choose to not sell a book does not mean that the book has been censored from the entire population. It means that they are taking a stand against criminal behavior. There should be a screening process in effect to prevent this type of material from slipping through the Amazon cracks.
I believe that the first amendment was not enacted to protect the words and voices of criminals.
With all of the recent attacks on social media (bullying, etc), I am happy to see a positive action as a result of many individuals making use of a very powerful network
Want to read more? Here are few links to get you caught up.
-OneNews: Amazon Pulls Book
-Fox News Report
-PopeHat: Amazon, Outrage, Pedophilia, and the Internet
-CNBC: Amazon in Violation of Masha's Law
Voice your opinion. How do you feel about Amazon's original decision to limit the censorship of reading material? Is an Amazon boycott necessary? Where do you stand on the issue?