Steve Stecklow and Jeffrey Dastin, reporting for Reuters:
Amazon.com Inc was marketing a collection of President Xi
Jinping’s speeches and writings on its Chinese website about two
years ago, when Beijing delivered an edict, according to two
people familiar with the incident. The American e-commerce giant
must stop allowing any customer ratings and reviews in China.
A negative review of Xi’s book prompted the demand, one of the
people said. “I think the issue was anything under five stars,”
the highest rating in Amazon’s five-point system, said the
Ratings and reviews are a crucial part of Amazon’s e-commerce
business, a major way of engaging shoppers. But Amazon complied,
the two people said. Currently, on its Chinese site Amazon.cn, the
government-published book has no customer reviews or any ratings.
And the comments section is disabled.
I don’t know why the Chinese government is so sensitive about this. Even here in the U.S., where we’re free to leave whatever reviews we want on Amazon for Xi’s book, it’s rated 4.7/5 after nearly 2,000 reviews. Seriously, go look.
(That’s an affiliate link that will make me rich.)
★ Tuesday, 28 December 2021