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Elon Musk lashes out at Amazon for rejecting book questioning COVID-19’s risks — which it then reinstates

Tesla CEO tweets Amazon should to be broken up

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By Tim Higgins


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Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Elon Musk on Thursday took aim at Amazon.com Inc. and its founder Jeff Bezos, calling for a breakup of the online retail giant after it had rejected a book questioning the risk of the coronavirus pandemic, a topic the Tesla Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203558040/composite TSLA +10.78%   chief executive has expressed strong views on.

“Time to break up Amazon. Monopolies are wrong!” Musk said on Twitter in response to a tweet by Alex Berenson, an author who said that Kindle Direct Publishing, Amazon’s /zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite AMZN +0.55%   outlet for self-published e-books, had rejected his submission for a COVID-19-related book. Musk initially responded: “This is insane @JeffBezos.”

The book was removed in error and was being reinstated, an Amazon spokeswoman said. She didn’t address Musk’s claim that the company was a monopoly that should be broken up

Soon after Musk’s message, the author tweeted that Amazon had “backed down” and shared a screenshot of a message he had received from Kindle that the book had been published and would be available on the website “in a few hours.”

The book that sparked Musk’s criticisms of Bezos on Thursday is called “Unreported Truths about Covid-19 and Lockdowns: Part 1: Introduction and Death Counts and Estimates.”

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