Headline RoundupFebruary 26th, 2021

Perspectives: Amazon Removes Book About Transgender Issues

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Amazon is under scrutiny for removing a book about transgender issues from its platforms. The book, "When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment," was published in 2018 and has at times spurred controversy for purportedly pushing transphobia. According to coverage from all sides of the spectrum, Amazon has declined multiple media requests to explain the removal as of Friday afternoon. Four Republican Senators sent the company a letter asking for an explanation and information about its content moderation policies. The story was highlighted by right-rated outlets, which framed the story as a glaring example of anti-conservative bias and unjust censorship by a powerful tech company. Several center-rated outlets covered the story, and only one left-rated outlet covered the story: the Britain-based Independent (Lean Left bias), which described the book as "attacking transgender people." Some coverage from right-rated sources focused on the fact that the book was once listed as a bestseller on Amazon and by the Washington Post. Fox News (Lean Right bias) analyzed the fact that the Post had not yet reported on the news; Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also owns the Post.

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