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Megyn Kelly’s Disappearing Customer Reviews

Megyn Kelly’s Disappearing Customer Reviews

I began watching the reviews for Megyn Kelly’s new book “Settle for More” on November 15, 2016, after she went live with her book reading on Facebook.  During her reading, I pulled up her Amazon reviews and was surprised to see just how poor her 140 reviews were, comprising a 1.6-star rating out of 5 stars at 9 pm MDT.

November 16th, I decided to see if the book reviews had gotten any better. I checked at 3:25 pm. It appeared that some reviews had been removed so her book was showing only 74 for a 2.9-star rating. The quantity of ratings went down, and star rating average went up. Interesting… Figuring some of the reviews had been removed due to bias or political beliefs of the reviewers, I didn’t think too much about it.  The next morning, November 17th at 8 am I checked to see how the reviews were going. She had 279 reviews with a 2.9-star overall rating. Later that day at 3:49 pm, once again, I was amazed to find her reviews had dropped to 140, but this time the overall rating jumped to 4.0 stars!

Amazon’s Policy for Customer Reviews

As an independent author, I am aware of how difficult working with Amazon can be in adding or removing reviews due to the organizations well defined Review Policy and Anti-Manipulation Policy for Customer Reviews, which claims, “We take the integrity of our reviews platform very seriously.”  Amazon encourages anyone who suspects review manipulation or guidelines violations to notify them so they can take appropriate actions.

Tracking Ms. Kelly’s Reviews

So on November 19th, we did just that. Having tracked Ms. Kelly’s reviews and witnessed several resets, we sent an e-mail outlining what we had seen and indicating we were concerned someone might be manipulating the reviews.  Given this was on Saturday, we didn’t expect any type of response until Monday or Tuesday.  I continued to track Ms. Kelly’s reviews with screenshots indicating date and time.

No Word from Amazon

After being absolutely convinced review manipulation was occurring and not hearing back from Amazon – not even an acknowledgment of the e-mail! – late Tuesday, we sent a follow-up e-mail to Amazon and included the below chart. This time, we included a formal complaint of review manipulation and requested a response within twenty-four hours.  Wednesday morning, I noticed many reviews being posted within a very short time frame. Thinking Amazon was re-posting reviews that had been erroneously removed, I was feeling like Amazon was indeed enforcing their Anti-Manipulation Policy.

Megan Kelly’s Disappearing Customer Reviews

Where Did 500+ Reviews Go?

Having written a book on ethics and following protocols, policies and procedures, my faith in leadership and organizational integrity were in progress of being restored.  However, at 10:44 am Wednesday morning Ms. Kelly’s reviews were reset again dropping from 845 reviews with a 2.2-star rating to 314 reviews with a 3.6 overall star rating! With still no response or acknowledgment from Amazon, I felt compelled to share this information.

How much do you as a customer rely on the integrity of Amazon’s Review Platform?

Given the above information, will you continue to?

Those who have taken the time to write an honest customer review, do you feel like doing so is/was worth your time if your views can be discarded so easily?

Chart tracking Ms. Kelly’s Reviews

Date Reviews 1 Star % 2 Star % 3 Star % 4 Star % 5 Star % Rating
11-15-16  9:00pm 140 81% 1.6
11-16-16  3:25pm 74 47% 2.9
11-17-16  8:00pm 279 47% 5% 1% 6% 41% 2.9
11-18-16  3:49pm 140 19% 4% 2% 9% 66% 4.0
11-18-16  5:56pm 178 31% 6% 1% 7% 55% 3.5
11-18-16 11:11pm 273 47% 5% 1% 6% 41% 2.9
11-19-16  9:51pm 420 49% 3% 2% 5% 41% 2.7
11-20-16  9:11am 302 42% 2% 2% 8% 46% 3.2
11-21-16 11:42am 186 9% 2% 4% 11% 74% 4.4
11-21-16  4:55pm 227 15% 4% 3% 10% 68% 4.2
11-21-16  6:14pm 184 7% 2% 4% 11% 76% 4.5
11-21-16 10:35pm 224 15% 2% 4% 10% 69% 4.2
 11-22-16  8:29am 211 10% 1% 5% 10% 74% 4.4
11-22-16  9:49pm 266 17% 4% 5% 9% 65% 4.0
11-22-16 11:58pm 270 18% 4% 5% 9% 64% 4.0
11-23-16  7:46am 415 42% 8% 4% 5% 41% 3.0
11-23-16  7:54am 432 44% 8% 3% 5% 40% 3.0
11-23-16  8:01am 455 46% 8% 3% 5% 38% 2.9
11-23-16  8:06am 471 47% 8% 3% 5% 37% 2.8
11-23-16  8:27am 522 51% 8% 3% 4% 34% 2.8
11-23-16  8:41am 589 55% 8% 3% 4% 30% 2.5
11-23-16  8:51am 616 57% 8% 3% 3% 29% 2.5
11-23-16  8:56am 640 58% 8% 3% 3% 28% 2.4
11-23-16  9:04am 662 59% 8% 3% 3% 27% 2.4
11-23-16  9:13am 673 60% 8% 2% 3% 27% 2.4
11-23-16  9:18am 695 61% 8% 2% 3% 26% 2.3
11-23-16  9:27am 715 61% 8% 2% 3% 26% 2.3
11-23-16  9:36am 756 62% 8% 2% 3% 25% 2.3
11-23-16  9:50am 788 63% 8% 2% 3% 24% 2.2
11:23-16 10:02am 814 64% 8% 2% 3% 23% 2.2
11-23-16 10:16am 845 64% 8% 2% 3% 23% 2.2
11-23-16  10:32am 314 32% 4% 4% 7% 53% 3.4
11-23-16 10:36am 296 30% 3% 4% 7% 56% 3.6
11:23-16 10:42am 317 32% 4% 4% 7% 53% 3.5
11-23-16 10:46am 304 31% 3% 4% 7% 55% 3.6

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