Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Amazon ‘censored’ COVID-19 Vaccine Books After ‘feeling pressure’ from Biden White House: Docs; Library of Congress Collecting COVID-19 Pandemic Stories, Calling for Many Different Voices, and other C-Virus related stories

Amazon ‘censored’ COVID-19 vaccine books after ‘feeling pressure’ from Biden White House: docs
The Biden administration pressured Amazon to censor books related to COVID-19 vaccines in early 2021 citing concerns that the material contained “propaganda” and “misinformation,” internal company emails released by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) appear to show.
The documents were obtained by the House Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government via subpoena, Jordan said in a X thread Monday, which he dubbed, “THE AMAZON FILES.”
“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 advisor for COVID-19 response, wrote to the online retailer in a March 2, 2021, email, released by Jordan.
“If you search for ‘vaccines’ under books, I see what comes up,” Slavitt wrote in a follow up message that same day. “I haven’t looked beyond that but if that’s what’s on the surface, it’s concerning.”
Amazon officials initially balked at performing “a manual intervention” to remove certain book titles from appearing, arguing that it would be “too visible” and lead to further scrutiny.
“We will not be doing a manual intervention today,” an email between Amazon executives reads. “The team/PR feels very strongly that it is too visible, and will further compound the Harry/Sally narrative (which is getting the Fox News treatment today apparently), and won’t fix the problem long-term … because of customer behavior associates.”
The Amazon officials, whose name is redacted from the email, then notes that another individual at the company, whose name is also redacted, “gave very direct guidance to the teams to be boring and not do anything that is visible and will draw more attention.”
The email states that a tweak to the bookseller’s website that would redirect more customers searching certain keywords to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website was in the works and that a screenshot of that change should be sent to the White House, but it warned employees to play coy with the Biden administration about potential further actions. --->READ MORE HERE
Library of Congress collecting COVID-19 pandemic stories, calling for many different voices:
The world’s largest library has launched a new campaign to record and archive millions of COVID-19 pandemic stories.
The Library of Congress is calling for many different American voices to share their experiences for posterity.
“You can read something in a history book, but to hear someone’s voice tell of their lived experience is immensely powerful,” said Nicole Saylor, director of the library’s American Folklife Center, which is leading the project.
Curators and researchers at the library have teamed up with the nonprofit group StoryCorps to gather and archive countless oral narratives.
People who want to capture their story can use several different methods through StoryCorps. The group has a suite of self-directed documentation systems and recording sites around the country, Saylor said.
When the oral narration is complete, storytellers can save their accounts in the Library of Congress’ archive.
Saylor said every story collected is just as important as the next. --->READ MORE HERE
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