FOX NEWS FAIL
Did I get contacted for this report? Of course not--that would require journalism.
And Mike Daisey, a former Amazon employee who's written about his time working there, said it was the result of an administrator on the French version of Amazon confusing the English words for "adult" and "erotic."
No, I said that it had to do with confusion about which tools to tag categories of books. I have no knowledge if there was a language issue at all.
"That doesn't completely explain why books about straight pornography were unaffected,"
Yes, it does--I listed those codes as an EXAMPLE. I have no idea what categories he or she miscoded, but I am assuming "gay" and "lesbian" were amongst them. I am assuming that, but notice how I state that this is an assumption.
If FOX NEWS had contacted me about this, I could have explained some of it to them.
It's not the end of the world, but it is illuminating how poorly they've researched this. It isn't that complicated a story.