Amazon has changed its search algorit to prevent erotic books from surfacing Unless a user searches for erotic novels.
Amazon is trying to make its vast website a bit less NSFW. The internet giant made some sudden changes to the way that erotic novels surface in its search results. As a result of the update, erotic novels have been filtered out of the results for
main categories and many of their best-selling titles have been relegated into nowhere land.
The move has angered many erotica authors who say it could lead to a massive dent in revenue.
When a book has been labeled a best-seller, eg Fifty Shades of Grey, it might make the title more likely to appear at the top of search results.
Amazon has yet to issue a statement on the changes to its search results. However, one author said it received a notice from Amazon via email following inquiry. It said:
We've re-reviewed your book and confirmed that it contains erotic or sexually explicit content.
We have found that when books are placed in the correct category it increases visibility to customers who are seeking that content.
In addition, we are working on improvements to our store to further improve our search experience for customers.
It is not yet clear whether the search algorithms have been changed as part of US internet censorship requirements recently passed in the FOSTA that nominally required censorship of content related to sex trafficking but in fact impacts a much
wider range of adult content.