Elon Musk tweets for Amazon closure over COVID-19 book rejection

Tesla boss tweeted his disapproval as Amazon rejected a writer’s book critical of COVID-19 lockdown

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Elon Musk ended his short hiatus from twitter as he went on to update that he thinks its time for Amazon to be closed. 

Telsa CEO Musk, who announced that he would be “off Twitter for a while” came back to the platform mostly to respond to messages about the recent successful launch of SpaceX’s first manned spacecraft. But, when it came to one person’s encounter with Amazon, Musk took on himself to battle it out for the writer.

Musk revealed his disapproval with Amazon after writer and former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson announced that Amazon declined to have a book he wrote that is demanding of national lockdown measures aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus. Berenson tweeted a screenshot of Amazon’s announcement saying his title didn’t fit the company’s guidelines for publication.

The report agitated Musk and he soon conveyed his thoughts to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

When reached for an explanation on the matter, Amazon said that Berenson’s book was withdrawn in error and that it has informed him that his title has been restored. The company had no statement about Musk’s call for Amazon to be broken up.

Later, Alex Berenson tweeted that his book was back on Amazon.

In an interview, Berenson said he was thankful for Musk and others who supported him, including journalist Glenn Greenwald. He said that he wasn’t so sure about Amazon declining to distribute his book as an “error”.

“They didn’t say to me that it was a mistake. I do believe that I’m not the only person who has run into this. They need to be clear what their position is on publishing controversial material on political issues.”