On Thursday, Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO, Elon Musk launched an attack on Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) calling for its breakup. This comes after Amazon censored Alex Berenson’s e-book about the wisdom behind the COVID-19 lockdowns.
Musk calls out Amazon for censoring COVID-19 book
In a Tweet, Musk said, “this is insane,” tagging Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. He added that it is time to break up Amazon because monopolies are wrong. His tweet came after former New York Times Journalist Berenson who shared a screenshot regarding his COVID-19 book that Amazon declined that it didn’t meet its guidelines. Berenson has been one of the skeptics of the COVID-19 lockdowns. He indicated that associated risks of death or illness are very low than reported more so for young people. The right-leaning journalist is no stranger to controversy and has previously published a book linking weed use to psychosis.
The Tesla CEO has also been cynical about the coronavirus pandemic and has been questioning government policies and restrictions regarding the pandemic. During a recent earnings call, Musk called for the reopening of the economy, indicating that COVID-19 restrictions were fascist.
Berenson’s book based on facts as more people criticize its censorship
Berenson indicated that his book was censored despite being based on scientific papers and published data from the government. He said that the book does not say that COVID-19 is not real or does not kill people, but Amazon wasn’t ready to run it. Later, Amazon indicated an error that resulted in the book being removed, and they have contacted Berenson regarding reinstating the book.
Musk was not the only person who came to Berenson’s defense. Conservative commentator Andy Sullivan that although he thinks Berenson is nuts, rejecting access to his book based on its content was appalling. Similarly, Bethany McLean, who is a Vanity Fair contributor, indicated that she had read the first part of the book, and although it was contrarian, it was nevertheless thoughtful and based on solid facts. She urged journalists to protest such kind of censorship.