Barely released, the latest book by Olivier Véran, entitled 'Beyond the waves', is already controversial. And for good reason: after the deletion of several negative reviews on Amazon, Internet users accuse the company of 'making propaganda'.
Olivier Véran should obviously have waited a little longer before publishing a book on the management of the Covid-19 crisis in France. Because if the media were waiting for it at the turn, this is also the case for netizens who are numerous to denounce a 'propaganda' in favor of the former Minister of Health from the giant of e-commerce Amazon . In fact, they found that many negative comments about Beyond the Waves, Journal of Crisis at the Heart of Power , Oliver Véran's book published on September 8 by Robert Lafont editions, had been deleted . Worse still, they noticed that since last September 12 no new comments can be added about this same book. Supporting screenshots.
So say @AmazonNewsFR @AmazonFrance it's going quiet with the mourner's book #True ? Do we erase all the NEGATIVE comments to leave only the positive ones? @Arcom_fr @JeanYvesCAPO @LerouxArthur10 @Marc_Doyer @NiusMarco @marseille_jeff @RealDrMARLON @p_duval pic.twitter.com/0mMHzPrZTm— Denis_H5 (@Denis_H5) September 10, 2022
The note on Amazon of Olivier Véran's book yesterday and his book today. Is there a small change? pic.twitter.com/mOu99OYOTq- MIKE BOROWSKI (@BOROWSKIMIKE) September 11, 2022
As you can imagine, it was enough to ignite Twitter where users are indignant en masse, even going so far as to denounce a deliberate rigging on the part of Amazon . Contacted by several French media, the online sales platform was clear on the subject: yes, she did delete reviews on Olivier Véran's book. But according to the company's spokesperson, these went against the charter of the site . 'We have strict review policies and proactively remove reviews that violate these guidelines, in an effort to ensure the best possible shopping experience' , he detailed.
Joined by CheckNews , the service of fact checking of Release , Amazon later admitted to having 'removed reviews that did not follow community guidelines' and have 'made the decision to only allow 'Verified Purchase on Amazon' reviews' . The brand then explained its decision by pointing to a 'unusual activity' on the page of the current government spokesman's book. She then asked users not to post a review. 'under multiple accounts' .
This Tuesday, September 13, 2022, only six comments still appear on the site, and we still cannot give our opinion on the question in the 'comments' section. . On the other hand, several negative viewpoints were left for all to see. Contacted by the information site 20 Minutes , Amazon has indeed stated that the comments had not been deleted on 'the basis of the number of stars awarded or whether they are positive or negative' . Only those who insulted the politician by calling him, for example, 'poor minister' , d' 'crook sold to the Macron government for 3 cents' or even of 'merchant of fear' were masked.Source journaldesfemmes.fr