Watch As Amazon Deletes Hundreds Of One-Star Reviews Of Hillary Clinton's New Book

In what many have dubbed a flagrant intervention by Amazon itself to seemingly boost the rating of Hillary Clinton's new book "What Happened", the Telegraph first reported, and subsequently many others observed first hand, that Amazon has been monitoring and deleting 1-star reviews of Hillary Clinton's new book "which was greeted with a torrent of criticism on the day it was released."

Reviews of What Happened have been mixed, with some accusing Clinton of using it as an opportunity to blame others – such as former FBI head James Comey, Bernie Sanders, Vladimir Putin, social media and pretty much everything else – for her failure, rather than herself. Even The New York Times, which supported Clinton's campaign, wrote that the book is "a score-settling jubilee".

What is fascinating, is how few one-star reviews have remained on the website amid reports and screengrabs showing that reviewers used the space to criticise the former First Lady. One 1-star review, which remained on the website earlier today, read: "Read all the promotional excerpts, which combined come close to book length – pretty good novel. It is fiction, isn't it? Surely, someone is playing a joke." Another wrote "Picked this book up at Wal-Mart out of sheer morbid curiosity. Returned it, claiming I bought the wrong book"

While this is not the first time Amazon has intervened to "adjust" the ratings of its products - in November negative comments under a book by anti-Trump broadcaster Megyn Kelly appeared to be removed by the retailer - it has rarely "adjusted" reviews of such a prominent product so publicly.

Speaking to Fortune, an Amazon spokesperson said: "In the case of a memoir, the subject of the book is the author and their views. It’s not our role to decide what a customer would view as helpful or unhelpful in making their decision. We do however have mechanisms in place to ensure that the voices of many do not drown out the voices of a few and we remove customer reviews that violate our community guidelines."

And for those who find such intervention hard to believe, here is what Amazon's intervention looks like chronologically on Wednesday.

First, courtesy of the way back machine, here is the rating breakdown as of 10:31am:

... As of 14:55pm

... and what it looks like right now: over 97% of the reviews are now 5 star, with over 1,000 reviews deleted. As of 5:30pm, of the 445 total review, 438 reviews were positive, and 7 (as of 5:30pm_ were critical. The latter number inexplicably keeps doing down.

To be sure, one can claim that neither the 1-star nor the 5-star reviews are legitimate, and were merely a partisan effort seeking to amass an either extremely negative or positive view of Clinton's book, however Amazon's decision to engage in a wholesale deletion of what appears to be uniformly low ratings will likely raise at least a few eyebrows.

Readers can observe the historical changes to Amazon's "What Happened" page on their own thanks to the Way Back Machine.

Comments Wed, 09/13/2017 - 17:30 Permalink

Fake reviews. 
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There's only one thing worse than assholes, its assholes with money.

greenskeeper carl MANvsMACHINE Wed, 09/13/2017 - 19:56 Permalink

Interesting idea. Shame this happened, I was looking forward to reading those one start reviews. They usually have some pretty funny shit in them. I will say this, when reading reviews, there is a line underneath that says 'verified purchase' under it. This shows up if you bought the product you are reviewing through your amazon account. I believe companies are allowed to request negative reviews be taken down if the reviewer didn't buy them through amazon, and therefore can't be verified to have even bought the product. If they are taking down 'verified purchase' reviews from people who did buy the book and then left a negative review then I have a big problem with that. Thats customers saying what they think. If its not actual purchasers of the book leaving these reviews, no publisher should have to tolerate a bunch of people who didn't even buy their product dumping a bunch of 1 start reviews on it. I find the endless trolling and making fun of killery highly amusing, can't stand the woman, but if all they are taking down is people who didn't buy the book off amazon then thats to be expected. No amazon vendor would tolerate this. Edit: I just tried a little experiment to see if amazon would let me review the book. It says only verified purchasers are allowed to review this book. I then went a little further. I looked up trumps most recent book, and the one he is most known for, art of the deal. Both of those will let me post a review without buying the book. Both have almost 5 stars. I tried the same thin with her other lame ass book, hard choices. It also let me post a review on that one. It appears to be ONLY 'what happened' that this applies to. For the record, I didn't actually post the reviews. I just got one step past where it stopped me on killery's newest book. Tried on a couple other books written by, shall we say, devisive people, none of them prevent you from leaving reviews either. Just this one.

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Manthong RAT005 Wed, 09/13/2017 - 20:25 Permalink

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Bezos and Clinton ..both psychopaths managing psychopathic organizations……   Same grey matter… turning darker by the day

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HowdyDoody Proofreder Thu, 09/14/2017 - 03:44 Permalink

It was obviously done by Russian hackers trying to make Clinton look worse than their hand-picked Manchurian (ooops wrong country - Moscovian?) candidate. They have done this by removing the lowest ratings to .... improve the impact of the book ... ... and make her look better?!? ... ... ... what the heck, run with it. No one will ever catch on - WaPo Editor.  

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Victory_Garden nope-1004 Wed, 09/13/2017 - 19:13 Permalink

"Amazon sucks donkey balls.PUT THE HAG IN A CELL AND LEAVE HER THERE!!!!!LOCK HER UPLOCK HER UP" Plus one gazillion cadillion zillion upvotes from the People of the World.Member, these criminal arseholes with money are the enemies of the WORLD"S People. It is not just a sickened to nautiousness of the constant woarmongering usa problem. The world's people are also sick-n-farkin tired of the lying satanic arsehole career politicians that are no less than shitstains on a pigs arse. Criminal elites that maintain they are above the law. They may think they are above man's laws, but NO ONE is above God's Laws. There are hoards of souls that are truly guilty. Some repent to find eternal salvation, and most do not. Take the rotting corpse of rockefeller. That stupid soul that thought in an all materialist way, is sure a sorry soul in the worst parts of hell right now. The only thing of it is, it is too late to repent for his last lifetime. He might get another chance at getting the soulpath right in another incarnation...oh maybe in a thousand years. He is in repentance camphell learning how to try to get the lifepath right next time around now.Heads're it!(means-every soul is integral and an important asset of the whole)(choose to create goodness and love, not hate and evil)(lay up your tresure where it will count the most in your day at a time)  + 

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overbet InjectTheVenom Wed, 09/13/2017 - 18:04 Permalink

Tried to leave a review. It rejected me stating only accepting reviews from verified purchasers. A new policy just for her.  Watch the magic. Search the book and there are 1800+ reviews 3 star average. Once you click the books page they are all 5 star for about 500 reviews. They deleted 2/3 of the reviews lol…

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Vageling BennyBoy Thu, 09/14/2017 - 08:06 Permalink

Nothing new. I've seen this happen before. The justification they use is that the bad reviews were not real reviews and just trolls. Blinded from reality they forget that most of us have heard enough about the book to know it's worthless. They started selling it at 40% discount... Hoping by fake reviews they can increase the price. They don't even try to hide their scam anymore. 

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Victory_Garden The_Juggernaut Wed, 09/13/2017 - 19:27 Permalink

Another farked up thingy about sluzzuy skuzz bucket AMAZON AND UTUBE MONOPOLOOPY arseholes is...even if you have an have to have PURCHASED something recently, or every month to have the privalage to make comments and reviews on farking AMAZON(sucks!!) Comment on Amazoon about hitlery book from this Soul.:NO STAR.FAKE BOOK!   KILL AMAZON MONEYMASTER CREW NOW!!!DO NOT EVER EVER EVER BUY A GAL DARN THING FROM AMAZONE EVER EVER AGAIN NO MATTER HOW BAD YOU THINK YOU NEED IT!FIND IT BY GOING DIRECT TO THE SELLERS, OR FIND ANOTHER WAY TO BUY PRODUCTS.AND...DO NOT GO TO PLACES THAT CHARGE YOU FOR THE PRIVALAGE OF BUYING THEIR OVERPRICED SHAT! FARK AMAZON-UTUBE TO DEATH!!!  .

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