Hillary Clinton 'What Happened' Negative Amazon Reviews Deleted After Publisher Complains


Hillary Clinton 'What Happened' Negative Amazon Reviews Deleted After Publisher Complains
  1. Hillary Clinton 'What Happened' Negative Amazon Reviews Deleted After Publisher Complains
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    Simon & Schuster says it’s “highly unlikely” that the nearly 2,000 customer reviews on Amazon are from people who have actually read Hillary Clinton’s book, What Happened. The widely divided reviews leave nearly no middle ground, with more than half giving it a one-star rating and a bit less than half giving the book five stars…
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Simon & Schuster says it’s “highly unlikely” that the nearly 2,000 customer reviews on Amazon are from people who have actually read Hillary Clinton’s book, What Happened. The widely divided reviews leave nearly no middle ground, with more than half giving it a one-star rating and a bit less than half giving the book five stars.

Amazon deleted more than 1,000 reviews by mid-afternoon Wednesday, although the book’s rating has held steady in the middle-ground between the deeply polarized comments. The screenshots below show a large decline in the total number of reviews between noon and 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday: 

Amazon has deleted more than 1,000 customer reviews of Hillary Clinton's book, What Happened, with polarized online political groups likely skewing the numbers. Photo: Amazon

The two-time failed presidential candidate’s tell-all book lays out what she was thinking and experiencing during the turbulent 2016 U.S. presidential election, in which Clinton had become the first woman in the country’s history to be named the presidential nominee of a major political party. Clinton reveals emotional details and anecdotal tales on her battles with Bernie Sanders and now-President Donald Trump throughout the long campaign.

A publisher representative told the AP Wednesday that both the very high praise and very critical reviews contained little actual information from the content of the book. "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,” said Simon & Schuster representative Jonathan Karp.

In agreement with the opinion of the publisher, a concerted effort on the part of pro-President Trump online groups appears to have helped sway the Amazon reviews of What Happened, which was officially released on Tuesday by publisher Simon & Schuster. And on the flip side, pro-Clinton social media groups have channeled reviewers to blindly review the book as well.

Amazon has deleted more than 1,000 customer reviews of Hillary Clinton's book, What Happened, with polarized online political groups likely skewing the numbers. Photo: Facebook

Several pro-Trump Facebook and Reddit groups have taken to ridiculing the book and directing people over to the Amazon review page. Several pro-Clinton groups have adopted a similar strategy, which right-wing online groups were quick to accuse Amazon of with Clinton's 2016 book, Stronger Together.

Amazon has deleted more than 1,000 customer reviews of Hillary Clinton's book, What Happened, with polarized online political groups likely skewing the numbers. Photo: Reddit

The latest customer review on Amazon as of Wednesday afternoon is a one-star comment that illustrates the seething reviews seen throughout the comment section: “What happened? A terrible…

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