Some people say faking reviews/buying reviews is no different to advertising and what’s the big deal? These people are fucking idiots.
I reported these sock puppet accounts to Amazon two years ago, but as others have found when reporting malicious activity, no action was taken. I hope one of the results of the recent controversy surrounding fake Amazon reviews will be a tightening up of policy. I also believe the publisher of an author’s works cannot divorce themselves of that author’s behaviour, because it also reflects negatively on them.
Copywriter and editor Emily Seuss has uncovered a set of social media accounts sharing the same stock photo picture, all credited to an Author Solutions employee named Jared Silverstone.
Following a GalleyCat article yesterday, self-publishing company Author Solutions will remove social media accounts for Jared Silverstone–a set of profiles for an “Awesome Publishing Consultant at Author Solutions” that used a fake image from a stock photo company.
Some people are calling for a “Code of Ethics.”
We have things called laws and the rich and powerful routinely ignore those.
So fuck a “Code of Ethics.”
If a writer doesn’t have one of their own up on their own site, why do they think some list from other people is going to matter?