On Thursday, I posted about a new policy of Amazon's that had erotica writers all over the web freaking out in the last few days.
The policy says, in part:
As of December 10, 2015, "all new activity associated with sensitive products will be hidden by default from your public profile. You may have existing sensitive activity that is still visible. You can change this by going to your privacy settings."
"When checked, any activity related to sensitive products will be automatically hidden on your profile. These products include certain personal care products, jewelry, intimate clothing, self-help, erotic media, and other product that may be controversial in nature, including some products used for personal protection.
This is proactively done in an effort to protect customers from potential embarrassment.
As an Amazon customer, however, the choice to expose reviews on sensitive items within your public Customer Profile page is yours. Should you wish to display all reviews, inclusive of reviews on sensitive products, you can disable the Sensitive Items filter by following the steps in Edit Your Profile."
If you'd like to read the whole policy, you can see it here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201893450
Authors reading this, like me, interpreted it to mean that reviews would be hidden everywhere they appear on Amazon, including the landing pages of our books.
However, I have since been told by a few readers that this new Amazon policy applies only to the public profile page of the Amazon user himself. So it does NOT hide any reviews on a product page, but it would hide the reviews on the user page of a book blogger, for example.
I'm not really sure how significant the user page of an Amazon reviewer is, so it's possible this change actually means nothing at all.
Maybe we were freaked out for nothing!
However, if you want to change your settings of your page just in case, you can do so following the steps I outlined in my original post.