Etsy has responded to the recent news of disrespectful items being sold on the platform stating that they have zero tolerance for hate.
News began circulating about disrespectful t-shirts with the words ‘Camp Auschwitz’ on them, brought to Etsy’s attention after The Auschwitz Memorial asked for them to be taken down. Etsy removed the listings straight and today released a statement in regards to this.
“During times of unrest, it’s more important than ever that we be vigilant and do our part to keep our marketplace and community safe. Etsy’s long-standing policies prohibit sellers from listing items that promote hate or violence, and we maintain a sharp focus on quickly removing items that violate our policies. We have zero tolerance for intentional and flagrant violations of these policies.”
According to the announcement Etsy uses automated and manual tools to keep an eye on listings. The marketplace is continuously working to make improvements to these systems and Etsy say users reporting listings is also a major part of their process in keeping Etsy safe and free from hate.
We can gather from this that Etsy have a zero tolerance for hate and discrimination on the marketplace. However, ecommerce can at times, be difficult to regulate especially as more people flock online in this pandemic. Thankfully, Technologies are continuously growing and adapting to be better in our constantly changing global societies.
“Etsy’s policies and rigorous enforcement processes are designed to protect our vibrant community and align with our mission to Keep Commerce Human. The way we uphold the integrity of our marketplace is a reflection of our mission and, ultimately, our business. That’s why it is imperative for us to keep Etsy safe and welcoming.”