Popular commerce website Etsy recently went on the record to ban some offensive items, citing its policy of not allowing “content on our site that demeans people based upon race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation.”
Yet, Etsy is inconsistent in enforcing its own policies.
B’nai B’rith International is disturbed to learn that the site still readily sells swastika and anti-Semitic paraphernalia. When B’nai B’rith checked the site in recent days, 456 swastika-themed items were available for sale, as were 479 Hitler-themed items, 13 Ku Klux Klan-themed items, and one racist, Jewish caricature candlestick listed specifically under the topic “anti-Semitic.”
Etsy is not the only culprit of such practices: Ebay has also been repeatedly caught allowing the auction of hate-themed items, despite having an extensive policy banning offensive material. Additionally, Amazon, Sears Marketplace and Yahoo! have sold hate materials on their websites.
It is incumbent on these sites to abide by their own policies and police the sale of offensive items. B’nai B’rith condemns the sale of these disgusting and hate-filled objects and demands Etsy and other businesses remove the aforementioned items from their stores and stay vigilant against additional offensive materials from appearing on their sites again.