Amazon have quietly updated their policy on which books they will sell. The policy update has already seen books banned that are deemed to break their policy regarding hate speech.
Amazon’s policy states: that they “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.”
This has sounded alarm bells amongst conservative groups. Already Ryan Anderson’s book critical of gender theory, “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement,” has been removed from their website. They also removed a popular documentary on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, from their streaming site.
Amazon have 83% of the book market, it is feared that such moves will see the conservative voice shut down. With such a massive market share it will also see publishers not publishing books that give a different view, if they will not be able to be sold on Amazon.
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A new lobbying group is being formed according to the Washington Post today.
Google, Facebook, Amazon and eBay will make up the group which will be called The Internet Association and as stated by them, will be “the unified voice of the Internet economy, representing the interests of Americas leading Internet companies and their global community of users.”
It will be led by Michael Beckerman who is the former deputy staff director of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and former advisor to United States Representative, Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican.
See Report: Google, Facebook, Amazon, eBay form lobbying group – Pulse of the Bay – The Bay Citizen.
The 21st of April saw a major crash of the Amazon Cloud EC2 system, which lasted for three days. The EC2 is used to host many websites including some big names in cyberspace, such as Foursquare, HootSuite, Reddit and Quora.
Amazon, like many other companies using the latest cloud server technology had been confident of the system, describing it as bomb proof. However, days after the event it has now emerged that Amazon have now lost some of their customers data. This has highlighted the lack of robust systems in place in Amazon, as well as other hosting companies when it comes to data back up and storage.
The outage occurred when Amazon were seeking to upgrade their system and error occurred as they shifted traffic from one router to another, in the process the data was moved to a low capacity redundant router.
Although the problem has been rectified the fact remains as more and more businesses trust the hosting companies to back up their data. Are their systems robust enough to protect data when outages and errors happen? For Amazon customers the answer was no.
America is under spiritual attack, the enemy wants to crash America. The nation’s economy is dependent upon modern technology and if the technology being used is not safe it will be exploited. Not enough Christians understand the importance of technology, most of the church is 15 years behind the world, and is constantly playing catch up. Part of being effective in this age is being educated about the technologies the world works on, and safe guarding yourself against points of weakness, this is how the natural army operates, and it ought to be how the church operates. As the world walks shortsightedly into the new and latest technologies, we need to ask ourself is it a safe is our data secure.