Amazon squashes Trump trolls' attacks on Megyn Kelly book

Amazon appeared to remove several politically motivated negative reviews of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly's memoir Settle for More after a flood of one-star ratings drew media attention.

As of early Wednesday, 17% of the reviewers on Amazon gave the book one star. At one point, as many as 76% of the reviews were one-star, Slate reported.

The Los Angeles Times  reported that many of the reviews were linked to a pro-Trump Reddit forum called "The_Donald."

Some commenters picked up on the removal of the negative reviews. "Tim from MD.," for example, wrote a post titled "Over 120 1 star reviews have been deleted. Are we living in a free country anymore?"

"Trump is president, but she wrote the book certain Clinton would win," Tim from MD. wrote. "Now the book and her shows advertisers are getting boycotted. So apparently her attorneys have called to get negative reviews deleted. And they succeeded. I'm shocked."

Brianna wrote, "I have written many thoughtful reviews as to why this book is horrible! They have all been removed even though I am a reputable Amazon customer/reviewer which is why originally Megyn had the true rating of one and a half stars and now four and a half FIXED STARS!"

Amazon did not remove all the reviews that seem to focus more on the recent presidential campaign than the contents of the book. One reviewer who gave the book a single star wrote nothing more than "Anti-Trump." Another wrote that she is still upset "over trump calling her out," and one reviewer said, "As unpopular and uninteresting as her show. MAGA," using the acronym for "Make America Great Again."

Kelly's publisher, Harper Collins told the L.A. Times that the onslaught of negative reviews had "the hallmarks of an orchestrated effort to discredit the book and our author Megyn Kelly,” adding that “We have brought it to the attention of Amazon.”


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