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Amazon Pumps Brakes on Reviews of Gov. Kristi Noem’s Dog-Killing Memoir


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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has a new book out that has gotten her some extra attention due to her claim of meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, writing about shooting her own dog, and also seemingly threatening President Joe Biden’s dog, Commander. Luckily for her, Amazon is making sure that if anyone wants to leave a negative review about this memoir of hers, they’ll have to buy the book first.

The Amazon page for Noem’s book, No Going Back: The Truth on What’s Wrong with Politics and How We Move America Forward, has a message for anyone wanting to leave a review of the book who has yet to buy it. It reads, “Amazon has noticed unusual reviewing activity on this product. Due to this activity, we have limited this product to verified purchase reviews.”

First spotted by MeidasTouch News on Tuesday, the warning is Amazon’s way to slow down a fury of negative reviews that may not actually convey the quality of the book but instead be used by those who want to send a message of what they think about the author.

“We want Amazon customers to shop with confidence knowing that the reviews they see are authentic and trustworthy,” an Amazon spokesperson said in an email Wednesday. “If we notice unusual reviewing activity, we will occasionally limit reviews to verified purchases only.”

Noem’s book currently has a 2.2 rating on Amazon based on 7 reviews. Screenshots from MeidasTouch News appear to show there were far more reviews before Amazon changed the requirements for leaving a rating.

It looks like Goodreads took a similar action by not allowing reviews for the book.

Noem was considered one of the favorites to be Donald Trump’s VP pick. This wave of negative attention might put an end to any hope for that job, but Trump is always full of surprises.

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