Monday, 24 August 2020

Amazon restricts reviews on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's explosive biography Finding Freedom

Amazon has restricted reviews on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's explosive new biography Finding Freedom after 'noticing unusual activity' on the site.

The controversial biography about the Duke, 35, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, and written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, was released earlier this month and was quick to reach the top of the media giant's bestsellers list as royal fans rushed to pre-order their copy, while it also hit the number one on the UK and US sites.    

But it has now emerged that fan accounts for the couple urged the 'Sussex Squad' supporters to write their own positive reviews and vote on existing posts about the book in an effort to boost its rating. 

Amazon has now placed restrictions on who can review the title, with a message online reading: 'Amazon has noticed unusual reviewing activity on this product. Due to this activity, we have limited this product to verified purchase reviews.' 

Some fan accounts for the Duke and Duchess have been mobilizing a campaign to give the book five star reviews because they believe there is a rival effort to leave bad reviews on Amazon.

One Twitter user commented: 'There is an organized effort to leave bad reviews for Finding Freedom on Amazon and to mark hateful reviews as "helpful" so they appear first.' 

Another wrote: '#SussexSquad, the trolls are upvoting all the negative reviews on Amazon by rating them as helpful (some are rated helpful by at least 400 people). 
'If you have time, please go rate the positive reviews. Please share, thanks.'


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