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Elon Musk called for Amazon’s break-up after an author couldn’t publish book

Prashasti Awasthi Mumbai | Updated on June 05, 2020 Published on June 05, 2020

Tesla co-founder Elon Musk

Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk called for the dissolution of Amazon.com Inc after an author complained about Amazon when he could not self publish his book on the world’s largest online retailer, Reuters reported.

Musk tweeted: "This is insane @JeffBezos." He added in another tweet: "Time to break up Amazon. Monopolies are wrong!" Musk added in a second tweet.

Musk does not have the legal authority to break up Amazon.

While Amazon chose to look beyond Musk’s call for dissolution, the tech giant responded to the complaint and said the book in question, by author Alex Berenson, had been blocked in error and was now available for sale via its Kindle e-reading service. The decision to greenlight the book's sale was not due to Musk, Amazon said.

Amazon further clarified that the retailer had taken action because the 22-page book did not comply with guidelines that Amazon did not specify, adding, "we are referring customers to official sources for health information about the virus." Berenson's book is titled, "Unreported Truths about COVID-19 and Lockdowns: Part 1: Introduction and Death Counts and Estimates."

After Amazon approved the book's sale, he tweeted, "thanks to @elonmusk and everyone who helped.

Published on June 05, 2020
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