Amazon has begun to remove “anti-vax” books, which promote unofficial non-scientific treatments for conditions like autism, from its platform.
Following a report published by Wired which found numerous books including Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism being sold on the site, which suggests using chlorine dioxide to treat the condition, the ecommerce giant has begun to remove them from its listings.
Despite these efforts, many similar books are still available for purchase on Amazon, including Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed, Biased Science, and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights, Our Health, and Our Children and How to End the Autism Epidemic: Revealing the Truth About Vaccines.
It is unclear whether Amazon is planning to implement system to prevent books spreading disinformation about vaccines, but it confirmed to NBC News that some books had been withdrawn.
Leading anti-vax campaigner Larry Cook responded to the move on Facebook stating that “Amazon censorship has begun”, going on to encourage people to “stock up on books and DVDs right now”.
“Autism is lifelong, it is part of who people are,” Jane Harris of the UK’s National Autistic Society said.
“It’s simply wrong for anyone to claim dodgy and harmful therapies as a ‘cure’ or to repeat myths about autism and vaccines. Research has proved again and again that there is no link.
“No responsible retailer should be giving a platform to people who promote incorrect information or dangerous products to vulnerable families.”