Amazon Censorship: Interact with an Author and Your Book Review Goes Down!

If I have ever connected with you on the social web and I've reviewed your book - grab a screen capture, because Amazon might tear it down any second.

If I have ever reviewed your book on this site, the Amazon review I also do could be pulled down. Why? Simply because I interact with authors whose books I review, whether I know you or not. And the way Amazon is behaving, that means reviews from people like me, including your friends, fans, and anyone who tweets or FB's you, could be censored by Big Brother Amazon.

Big Brother Amazon: "We removed your customer review because you know the author."

Here is a snippet from an article in The Guardian.

Amazon accused of 'Big Brother' tactics over customer reviews

Author Jas Ward has launched change.org petition after it emerged that the retail giant is monitoring social networks to screen would-be reviewers
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Friends not welcome ... the Amazon logo pictured at a press conference. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

If you interact with an author in any way online, beware: Amazon might decide that you’re “friends” and ban you from leaving a review of their latest book. The online retailer appears to have tightened up its review policy to weed out people boosting their mates’ books with glowing notices, but whatever algorithms they’re using to work this out seem also to be catching anyone who engages with their favourite writers on social media. The policy has prompted allegations of “Big Brother” activity and sparked a petition calling on Amazon to reverse the decision, organised by US romance author Jas Ward, which is heading towards 11,000 signatures as of Thursday morning. Ward has penned an open letter to Amazon on the change.org petition site, writing: Read More

This is CENSORSHIP plain and simple.

Social media and email mean that even the loftiest star authors ae no longer out of reach. Most authors have a Facebook author page, a Twitter account, Instagram, and the like.

  • If you know an author, you may not be able to review their book.
  • If you tweet your favorite author, you're out as a reviewer too.
  • If you read a great book and review it and tag the author in social, watch out!

This is bad for authors and avid readers alike! Reviews are highly valuable and should not be stopped.

Amazon Customer Review Guidelines

friends of the person, group, or company selling on Amazon may not write Customer Reviews for those particular items.

So...Tweeting someone now makes them a close friend or family member? When did that happen?

What can you do

1. Sign the petition.

2. Tell your author and reader friends.

3. Make a lot of noise all over the web to bring this censorship to light!

Sign the Petition nown

Please share this all over the social web!

Follow your B.L.I.S.S.

Ronda Del Boccio

#1 best selling author, speaker, and Amazon Top Reviewer

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Ozarks Writers League Cancels Ronda Del Boccio Presentation on Social Media for Authors at the Last Minute

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I was scheduled to give a presentation titled "Social Media Quickie for Authors: Get in - Get Done - and Get Back to Writing" at the Ozarks Writers League (OWL) quarterly conference at Ozarks Technical Community College in Hollister, Missouri this morning (Feb. 21, 2015).

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I got a message just after 8 this morning from past president Karen Nelson that the president, Casey Cowan, asked her to inform me my presentation was canceled.

While nasty weather conditions exist, nobody called, texted, emailed or otherwise messaged to ask whether I would be able to make it. Since I live in the area, I did not choose to stay at the hotel. As a blind non-driver, I had arranged transportation and was fully prepared to give the interactive presentation I had spent considerable time and energy preparing..

The schedule was reorganized for a delayed start time and supposedly "abbreviated." Interestingly, one talk was ADDED to the event.

Nonfiction author Karen Nelson is doing an unscheduled talk about characters. She describes herself on her website as: "a writer and teacher in Southwest Missouri, specializing in educational and nonfiction works. "

From the rearranged and "abbreviated "schedule:

 2:15 - 3:00 - Session 2

  •   (planned) Velda Brotherton - "You're Never Too Old For Love"
  • (planned)    Pam Foster - Critique Group
  • (NEW!  Karen Nelson - "Creative Characters"

While the official reason will be weather, the late start and the perceived necessity to use the speakers who were on-site, the addition of an unplanned talk in this scaled-back schedule appears suspicious.

Numerous OWL members attending the conference expressed excitement over getting help from me with their social media.

Could some more sinister forces be at play? ou decide.

3 Board Members Resign on same Day

On a related note, I was a board member until I resigned last week over a variety of issues, including  bullying, censorship and abuse of leadership.  OWL is a 501(c)3  organization subject to all the laws and legalities of any nonprofit. Three board members all resigned within an hour over these issues.

Ozarks Writers League Conference Kicked Out of Private Christian College for Planned Sex Talks

OWL got kicked out of its 30-year meeting place at College of the Ozarks, a private Christian college because of the racy nature of some of the workshops.  While some of the League leadership called it censorship,  the college is privately funded and not subject to the same regulations as publicly funded colleges.

I say their house, their rules. I don't blame C of O one bit. I did not approve the topics and was not involved in the process of finding speakers or naming their talks. Had this been passed through the entire board VS a subset, the negative publicity could potentially have been averted.

Though I was supposedly the Publicity Coordinator, the president and his chosen did not involve me or some other board members in any of the planning of speakers, topics, or response to the College of the Ozarks decision.

Thankfully, with the ease of technology and the fact I have the tools available, nobody has to miss out on getting help!

You can attend this same presentation from hte comfort of your own computer, tablet or phone free of charge. See details below:

FREE Online Presentation: Social Media Quickie for Authors: Get In - Get Done - Get Back to Writing

HOW to attend? Via a link. Watch and listen from your computer or web-enabled tablet or phone.

Date: Thursday, February 26

Time:  8  PM  Eastern US (5 Pacific)

Reserve your seat now:  Simply give your name and email below for to hold your place for the class. That's how you'll get the link and details about how to join the class. It's easy, I promise!

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I look forward to helping you make social media EASY!

Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio, best selling author, speaker and mentor

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