Amazon stops pedophile book sales after Facebook and Twitter outrage
Amazon.com is no longer selling the e-book, The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct, reports the AP. It is not clear whether the book was pulled by the online store or by the author, Phillip R. Greaves II.
AP reports that the book advises pedophiles how to make sexual encounters with children "as safe as possible." After netizens discovered the book earlier this week, calls to boycott Amazon.com surfaced on Twitter and Facebook. One Facebook page, "Boycott Amazon For Selling Pedophile Guide," has over 5,600 fans as of posting time.
The book "lends the impression that child abuse is normal," AP reports, citing children’s online safety advocacy group, Enough is Enough. But because the book does not have illustrations, it can not be considered child pornography or legally obscene, said Christopher Finan, president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. Under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Finan said Amazon.com has the right to sell books such as Greaves’.
According to Amazon.com’s guidelines, the online store may ban offensive materials, but they only describe such as "probably what you would expect."
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