Petition against bullying on Amazon
Anne Rice talks about her experiences with bullying on Amazon threads in The Guardian, lending her support to an anti-bullying petition started by Todd Barselow. In short, here’s what the petition asks of Amazon:
“Jeff Bezos: Protect Amazon.com Users and Indie Publishing Authors from Bullying and Harassment by Removing Anonymity and Requiring Identity Verification for Reviewing and Forum Participation.”
Self-published and small press authors have more to lose than Rice when individuals log on to Amazon with fake names, and often with multiple accounts, and challenge authors and other commenters to change their ways, or else.
One hears horror stories from authors about the comments and threats of multiple negative reviews (and worse) in the world of Amazon threads. Similar comments have been made about GoodReads.
It’s hard enough for self-published and small press authors to be seen and heard in a world still dominated by big name authors without having to put up with anonymous online individuals and gangs. Personal comments are out of bounds; anonymous posters who hide behind false names make it worse.
We need to stop this.