"If you like Pat Robertson, you'll love ass fucking!"

Amazon blushes over sex link snafu

By Stefanie Olsen

In a incident that highlights the pitfalls of online recommendation systems, Amazon.com on Friday removed a link to a sex manual that appeared next to a listing for a spiritual guide by well-known Christian televangelist Pat Robertson. The two titles were temporarily linked as a result of technology that tracks and displays lists of merchandise perused and purchased by Amazon visitors. Such promotions appear below the main description for products under the title, "Customers who shopped for this item also shopped for these items."

Amazon's automated results for Robertson's "Six Steps to Spiritual Revival" included a second title by Robertson as well as a book about anal sex for men. [...]

"This kind of prank is not good for Amazon because it will scare some customers away. It reinforces some people's view that the Internet is a dangerous place," said security consultant Richard Smith, who brought the links to the attention of CNET News.com. "The prank makes me also wonder how much the Amazon recommendation system is being hacked by authors and publishers as a new marketing tool," he added. [...]

Among the related shopping items for Robertson's book Friday were listings for "clean underwear" and "ladybug rain boots." [...]

Robertson could not immediately be reached for comment.

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5 Responses:

  1. ahhhAHHHHahhhh!

    that subject: so totally worthy of a sig line.

  2. avphibes says:

    It's the same thing on Amazon if you look for any book about professional wrestling...

  3. msjen says:

    that made my day.

    especially the nicely corresponding picture.