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Library Organizations Issue a Call for Ebook Vendors to Remove Fascist Propaganda

Library Freedom Project and Library Futures are demanding “accountability from Hoopla Digital and OverDrive regarding the platforming of fascist propaganda in their digital library collections.” They state, “Without appropriate quality-control and source-vetting, these vendors are platforming propaganda, including Holocaust denial materials and other false rhetoric, and making them available to patrons as nonfiction ebooks. We demand full accountability for how these materials were selected for inclusion on the platforms and more transparency in the companies’ material selection processes going forward. These materials do not belong in a popular public library collection. We call upon our fellow library workers to join us in this demand in holding our vendors accountable.”

The organizations share that as of Feb. 17, “Hoopla removed many of these titles, but the company must answer for the content policies that led to the inclusion of these titles in the first place. As of the writing of this statement [on Feb. 22], OverDrive still offers these titles on their marketplace.”

For more information and a sample letter to send to the OverDrive and hoopla CEOs, read the news item.



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