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Publisher sues Warren for criticizing COVID-19 book

A publishing house is suing Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Fed Governor Elizabeth Warren Quarles resigns and opens seat for Biden voter Democrats battle for way forward after election setbacks White House asks Senate Democrats to meet Powell this month: report MORE (D-Mass.), accuses her of violating the First Amendment after criticizing Amazon’s algorithm for promoting a book containing misinformation about COVID-19.

Chelsea Green Publishing, Inc., which is behind the book “The Truth About COVID-19: Exposing the Great Reset, Lockdowns, Vaccine Passports, and the New Normal,” has filed Warren’s lawsuit in US District Court for the Western District . from Washington on Tuesday, according to a statement from the group.

The book’s co-authors, Joseph Mercola and Ronald Cummins, in addition: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who wrote the foreword, are also listed as claimants.

The lawsuit alleges that a letter Warren sent to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy on Sept. 7 contained false statements and unsubstantiated allegations about the book.

They also claim that even if Warren’s comments are correct, they would not change the protection of free speech.

The Hill reached out to Warren for comment.

The book, published in April, encourages unproven and potentially dangerous COVID-19 treatments, in addition to making unfounded claims that government-authorized coronavirus vaccines have not been adequately tested, according to The Associated Press.

In her September letter to Jassy, ​​Warren said that when her staff searched the terms “COVID-19” and “vaccine,” the first result listed was Mercola and Cummins’ book.

She noted that Mercola has been described as “the most influential disseminator of coronavirus disinformation”, writing that the book “perpetuates dangerous conspiracies about COVID-19 and false and misleading information about vaccines”.

Warren argued that Amazon’s algorithm contributes to the problem of the spread of misinformation online, calling the company’s practices “unethical, unacceptable and potentially illegal”.

“As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, Amazon is feeding disinformation loops through its search and ‘Bestseller’ algorithms, potentially putting countless Americans at risk of their health and that of their neighbors based on misleading and inaccurate information they discover on Amazon’s websites. website,” she wrote.

The senator asked Amazon to conduct a review of the website’s algorithms, in addition to answering a list of questions about the platform’s algorithm and its efforts to fight misinformation.