Elon Musk, Tesla's chief executive, called for Amazon.com Inc. to be dissolved on Thursday after an author complained on social media that he couldn't publish a book through the world's largest online retailer.
"This is crazy @ JeffBezos," Musk tweeted about the boss of Amazon. Both men are billionaires and oversee competing space research companies in addition to their roles at Telsa and Amazon. "Time to break up Amazon. Monopolies are wrong!" Musk added in a second tweet.
Musk has no legal authority to break up Amazon.
The retailer had no comment on Musk's request to dissolve, but said that author Alex Berenson's book was mistakenly blocked and is now available for sale through his Kindle e-reading service. The decision to give the green light to the sale of the book was not due to Musk, Amazon said.
The Tesla boss, who said earlier this month that he would take a break from Twitter, has long been open on the social media platform. A tweet in 2018 that he had secured funding to take Tesla privately led to a lawsuit by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission against Musk that the parties later settled. Musk has argued about restrictions on home protection to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
According to a photo of a message sent by Amazon Berenson on Twitter, the retailer took action because the 22-page book did not meet the guidelines that Amazon had not specified, adding, "We are referring customers to official sources of health information About the virus. " Berenson's book is titled "Unreported Truths About COVID-19 and Lockdowns: Part 1: Introduction and Deaths and Estimates".
Berenson did not respond to an email asking for a comment. After Amazon approved the sale of the book, he tweeted, "Thanks to @elonmusk and everyone who helped."
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