Amazon Removes Pro-Life Video Despite Mostly 5 Star Reviews

Big tech giants such as Amazon have been criticized by Christians and conservatives alike, who are often disproportionately impacted by tech censorship. 

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The following article from Faithwire concerns Amazon’s decision to remove a pro-life film. This is only one of many decisions by Amazon and tech giants to censor conservative books, films, tweets, and Facebook posts they deem unacceptable.  Facebook recently removed two posts from Voices for Life blog.  Below is an email that Patricia Dowling, Voices for Life blog administrator received from Facebook.

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Amazon has removed a pro-life film from its platform, citing poor customer reviews as a primary reason for the action – the only problem with this claim is the movie had mostly 5 star reviews.

“It has over 340 reviews on Amazon, most of them – 90% – are five star reviews,” filmmaker Marcus Pittman said. ‘I was trying to figure out what about the reviews would make them determine it was not suitable for Amazon Prime,”

Pittman spoke with Faithwire Managing Editor Dan Andros about the removal. Watch the interview by clicking the video below, or scroll down to continue reading.

“I realized, if you go and read the reviews of the movie, their AI categorizes the reviews based off of keywords pulled out from the customer reviews\,” Pittman explained. “Some of those key words were words like pro-life, end abortion, pro-life movement. That, to me, is the only reason why they would remove the movie.”

Pittman’s film – Babies are Still Murdered Here – chronicles the fight against abortion on the ground level and hears from voices in the pro-life activist community.

Babies are Still Murdered Here released in October 2019 and made its way onto Amazon Prime Video by December 2019. It’s the sequel to the film Babies are Murdered Here, also by Pittman.

Pittman himself frequently appears at abortion clinics, either chronicling the activities of those ministering to people considering abortion, or interacting with them himself. He is an advocate of the ministry End Abortion Now, which equips churches in the fight against abortion.

Pittman told Faithwire his followers were trying to share his documentary with Kanye West, who recently made several pro-life comments which received both praise and criticism.

Pittman is asking fans of his movies to tag Amazon and ask them what happened to the movie. “There’s no recourse. There’s nothing I can do. I can’t call up Amazon and say, ‘hey, why’d you take my movie off Amazon Prime?’” The only thing I can rely on is for people to go and demand Amazon to at least look at it and see if it was a mistake and reverse course,” he said.

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Congressman Blasts Amazon for Discriminating Against Pro-Life, Christian Groups

We can’t continue to have four of the biggest companies in the world picking and choosing winners in a marketplace where they have unlimited power.

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Below is an article on the Tech Titans at a congressional hearing.  It features Jeff Bezos of Amazon.  It was authored by Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council and posted on Life News.

For the first two hours of the Big Tech hearing in the House, the most newsworthy thing Amazon’s Jeff Bezos did was eat a handful of snacks. Reporters actually tweeted about it, joking that even sitting there doing nothing, he’d probably “just made $300 million dollars or so.” Lauren Goode of WIRED guessed that Bezos could probably receive a Prime package “in the time it takes for representatives to ask him a single question.” When they finally did, most people would agree: it was a doozy.

Bezos, who wrote the single largest check for same-sex marriage in 2012, hasn’t exactly kept his social views a secret. As most conservatives found out the hard way, Amazon has been a mighty ally for the LGBT lobby for years, banning books and ads that dare to question their extremist agenda. Then the company picked a public fight, bullying states that tried to keep girls’ restrooms safe. But the biggest insult may have come a few years back when the company quietly gave Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a group linked to domestic terrorism in court, absolute power over its charity program. As most people found out in 2019 after a messy staff revolt, this is an organization so deeply sinister, corrupt, and racist that its own employees have sued. It’s a “highly profitable scam,” Bob Moser warned, full of sexual predators and con artists.

So why, a full year after these revelations became public, is Amazon Smile still giving SPLC full veto power over its charity program? “I am not here accusing you as someone who would ever traffic in hate,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) pressed, “but it seems you have empowered people who do… The Southern Poverty Law Center, which you allow to dictate who can receive donations on your Amazon Smile platform, ha[s] said the Catholic Family News, Catholic Family Ministries, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, the American Family Association, the Family Research Council, the Jewish Defense League, and even Dr. Ben Carson are extremists and should be treated differently… I’m just wondering why you would place your confidence in a group that seems to be so out of step and seems to take mainstream Christian doctrine and label it as hate.”

“Sir, it’s a good question,” Bezos admitted. He launched into a quick description of the program and then explained that they use “Southern Poverty Law Center data to say which charities are extremist organizations” and should be excluded. “But why?” Gaetz interrupted. “Since they’re calling Catholics and Jewish groups hateful groups. Why would you trust them?” Bezos fumbled for a minute, then said, “Sir, I’m going to acknowledge this is an imperfect system, and I would love suggestions on better or additional sources…”

“My suggestion,” Gaetz said firmly, “would be a divorce from the SPLC.” If Bezos wants to police haters, that’s his business. But SPLC can’t even police its own hate — let alone see past it to recognize others’. “Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate crimes and so on…” former executive Mark Potok said. “I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them.”

Life News article continues