Posted on February 6, 2024

Email Trove Shows Amazon ‘Censored’ Vaccine Books After Pestering from White House

Anders Hagstrom, Fox News, February 6, 2024

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, released a trove of internal documents that he says shows Amazon “censored” COVID-19 content after “feeling pressure” from President Biden’s administration.

Jordan’s documents, dubbed “The Amazon Files,” were obtained thanks to a series of subpoenas. The Ohio Republican detailed their contents in a thread on X.

“Never-before-released internal emails subpoenaed by [House Republicans] reveal that the Biden White House pressured Amazon to censor books that expressed views the White House did not approve of,” Jordan wrote.

He pointed to documents showing emails and messages between Amazon employees regarding the issue.

“Is the [Biden] admin asking us to remove books?” one employee asked ahead of a meeting with the White House.

The documents show that White House officials sounded alarms about search results they deemed inappropriate.

“Who can we talk to about the high levels of propaganda and misinformation and disinformation of [sic] Amazon?” Andrew Slavitt, a former White House senior adviser for COVID-19 response, wrote in an email on March 2, 2021.

“If you search for ‘vaccines’ under books, I see what comes up,” Slavitt wrote the same day. {snip}

Another White House official went on to note that he did not see any “CDC warning” when clicking on content the administration thought of as problematic.