(FreedomBeacon.com)- Amazon is facing heat from Republican members of Congress after the online retailer pulled a book by a conservative author from its shelves.
This week, Republican Senators published a letter sent to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos asking why Ryan T. Anderson’s book “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment” was removed from Amazon’s shelves, the Kindle e-Book services, and even Audible platforms.
Dated Wednesday, the letter was signed by Senators Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, Mike Braun, and Josh Hawley.
I hope you’ve already bought your copy, cause Amazon just removed my book “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment” from their cyber shelves…. my other four books are still available (for now). https://t.co/cnMGZV1L0A
— Ryan T. Anderson (@RyanTAnd) February 21, 2021
The letter insisted that Amazon has been “unable to provide a sufficient explanation” for how the book “supposedly violated a vague, undefined ‘offensive content’ standard.”
Amazon issued a statement on Wednesday stating that the company reserves the right not to publish or sell some content based on its current content guidelines.
“All retailers make decisions about what selection they choose to offer and we do not take selection decisions lightly,” the statement reads.
But the Republican Senators said that the decision from Amazon had “openly signaled to conservative Americans that their views are not welcome on its platforms.”
Senators requested that Amazon provide documents that explain, in detail, the decision to remove the book and to explain how the book violated Amazon’s policies.
Encounter Books, the non-profit organization that published the book, announced on Wednesday that the book had violated the “Offensive Content” policy from Amazon, which includes a vague section that refers to “hate speech.”
“We don’t sell certain content including content that we determine is hate speech, promotes the abuse or sexual exploitation of children, contains pornography, glorifies rape or pedophilia, advocates terrorism, or other material we deem inappropriate or offensive,” it reads.
The only possible explanation under the guidelines is that Anderson’s book was deemed “inappropriate or offensive.”
“As far as I know I haven’t done anything,” Anderson said on Wednesday. “The book has been saying the same thing for three years.”
Author Abigail Shrier, who published a book critical of the transgender movement in 2020, faced similar problems when Amazon stopped her from advertising the book on their platform.
“Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters” was also banned from sale at Target.
Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention. We have removed this book from our assortment.
— AskTarget (@AskTarget) November 12, 2020
Is there something that the big corporations don’t want us to know about the transgender movement?