“American oligarchs, cheered on by leftist politicians, are conducting digital book burnings,” tweeted Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Tuesday. “@Amazon banned a thoughtful & well researched book on a complicated issue.”
The senator added that his office reached out to Amazon for an explanation, but that the company had not responded.
“The corporate left begins the banning of books. Openly and without apology. Welcome to the new normal,” tweeted Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.).
Anderson’s book had been released three years before in 2018.
The book explores the biological, psychological, and philosophical areas of the transgender debate. It received positive reviews by professors of psychiatry, psychology, and medical ethics at universities such as Johns Hopkins, Boston University, New York University, and Columbia University.
On Monday, a spokesperson for Amazon declined to comment on Anderson’s claims.
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Under the company’s content guidelines, Amazon prohibits material which “we determine is hate speech” or is “inappropriate or offensive.”
Amazon also states that it will inform the “author, publisher, or selling partner” if their material is removed from the site, and would allow them a chance to appeal the removal. However, Anderson told CNA on Monday that he had received no explanation for his book’s removal.
Dr. Robert George, a Princeton University law professor, called the removal of Anderson’s book “the new Woke religion’s Index of Prohibited Books.”