Did Amazon Have the Legal Right to Disregard White House Requests to Censor Anti-Vaccine Books?

Amazon has engaged in a similar exchange with the White House. The company received several emails from top COVID-19 adviser Andrew Slavitt, expressing concerns about the spread of vaccine misinformation on Amazon’s platform. In response, Amazon made several changes to its book sales, including lowering the visibility of certain books related to vaccine misinformation and considering a broader misinformation policy. The communications between the White House and Amazon reflect a pattern of interventions by government officials seeking to suppress the sale of constitutionally protected literature, echoing past Supreme Court rulings that condemned such efforts as a violation of First Amendment rights.