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Profanity policy

Policy overview

For a pleasant experience on eBay, we don't allow using hateful, offensive, profane or vulgar language in almost all public areas of the website, including:

  • Profiles

  • eBay community sites

  • Discussion boards

  • eBay Motors

  • eBay Shops

  • Feedback forum (see our Feedback withdrawal and removal page for more info)

  • Listings

  • Other areas of the site that people see

To find out more about our profanity policy, see the guidelines below as well as our community content policy.

Make sure your listing follows our guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed and your buying and selling privileges could be restricted.

If you see a listing that you think might be violating this policy, you can report it to us by selecting Report Item on the listing description page.

What are the guidelines?



  • Music CD, movie DVD or other media items with titles that include profanity. The profane word has to be part of an official title (eg a song title) that was originally released by the company that made the item

  • Officially released product with a brand name that includes a profane word



Novelty items (hats, T-shirts, and so on) with profanity have to meet the following criteria:

  • The majority of the profane word has to be replaced with asterisks (for example, s*** or f***).

  • Any image showing the profane word needs to be blurred out as well.

Not allowed

  • Hateful, obscene, offensive, racist, sexual or violent words in any public area of eBay

  • Offensive user IDs

  • Profane language to describe an item for sale

  • Profanity in a listing title or description

Just like any public place and other websites viewed by people of all ages, we expect eBay users not to use profane or offensive language. This is a basic rule that applies to everyone.

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