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Amazon’s big gay fail

It’s Tuesday!

Over the weekend, Twitter exploded with anger directed at Amazon.com. The bookselling giant had effectively blacklisted GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) books by blocking them from search results and sales rankings.

We’re not just talking about explicit books, either. The affected books included scholarly works, award-winning novels and even Brokeback Mountain.

Depending on whom you believe, there are three possible explanations for the sudden disappearance of more than 50,000 titles: human error, hacking or a sinister plot.