Apparently Hillary Clinton’s new book “What Happened” hasn’t been doing so stellar; at least according to the 900+ reviews that have mysteriously disappeared from it’s Amazon page.
Yup, you read that right! Over 900 reviews which didn’t shine the best light on the former-First Lady’s book vanished without a trace! So WHAT HAPPENED to the reviews?
The British-based Telegraph also noticed that some 900 reviews have disappeared from the site stating,
Mrs. Clinton’s book, What Happened, went on sale on Tuesday. By Wednesday there were 1,600 reviews – many of which did not discuss the book, but instead offered high praise or scathing criticism of Mrs. Clinton.
The website Quartz analyzed the data from the reviews and found that of the book’s 1,600 or so reviews as of Wednesday morning, only 338 were from users with verified purchases of the book – that is, those who actually bought the item on Amazon.com. They could, of course, have bought the book somewhere else and then logged onto Amazon to post a review, but the majority of Amazon’s reviews are from people who bought the book on their site.
“It seems highly unlikely that approximately 1,500 people read Hillary Clinton’s book overnight and came to the stark conclusion that it is either brilliant or awful,” he said.
He said Simon & Schuster hoped the online commentary would reflect opinions of people who have actually read the book.
Amazon says on its site that its reviews are designed to help customers make purchase decisions, and it is not the company’s role to decide what customers would find helpful in reviews.
They would not confirm they had deleted any reviews.
But, by Wednesday evening, only 460 reviews remained on Amazon’s site – and all were marked “verified purchase”.
Before the reviews disappeared, they were evenly split between those who hated the book and those who loved it. As of 11:40am eastern time (4,40pm BST) the former US secretary of state’s book had 1,669 reviews, with 50 percent giving it one star and 45 percent awarding it a five-star review, according to Quartz.
Its average rating was 3.2.
After the reviews were deleted, the average rating rose to 4.9 stars out of five.
The short of it is that they were removed, most likely because Amazon found them disingenuous… but if you ask me it’s totally plausible that 900+ patriots bought the book and just didn’t like its message.