After a dispute with Amazon over an e-book on the novel coronavirus, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has not called for the “break up” of he United States based tech giant and the largest e-commerce company of the world Amazon.
In a recent move, Amazon’s Kindle publishing division rejected a book on the coronavirus pandemic by an author. This news reached Musk and the entrepreneur came out in defense of the author thereby directly getting into a tussle with Amazon.
He decision of rejecting the book by Kindle was described as “insane” by Musk in a tweet in which he also tagged Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos. “Time to break up Amazon,” Musk also added in the tweet.
In its defense, Amazon said that the particular book in question had been erroneously removed from the Kindle and that it would be reinstated soon.
Alex Berenson, the author of the book, had tweeted a screenshot from Amazon in which the e-commerce company had informed him that his book about the coronavirus pandemic did not meet the company’s publishing guidelines. This tweet had caught the attention of Musk.
“They censored it!” wrote Berenson. “It is based entirely on published government data and scientific papers. It doesn’t say coronavirus isn’t real or doesn’t kill people.”
Policies of the United States government during the coronavirus pandemic have been criticized on repeated occasions by Musk. In several tweets, Musk has described the US government imposed shutdown orders as “fascist” and even issued a threat to shift the headquarter of his company Tesla’s headquarters, the US based electric car maker, out of California after local authorities denied the company permission to reopen one of the company’s production facility.
In the race of private companies for a piece of the space travelling industry and in making it more affordable than ever before, Musk and Bezos are close rivals.
SpaceX was founded by Musk in 2002 just two years after the launch of the rocket firm Blue Origin by Bezos.
Musk’s hope of creating a human colony on Mars was criticized by Bezos last year.
According to Business Insider, he said: “My friends who want to move to Mars? I say do me a favour: Go live on the top of Mount Everest for a year first and see if you like it because it’s a garden paradise compared to Mars.”
(Adapted from BBC.com)