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Offensive material policy

Policy overview

We don't allow items that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual, or religious intolerance, or promote organisations with such views. We also remove listings that portray graphic violence or victims of violence, unless they have substantial social, artistic or political value.

eBay has always exercised judgment in allowing or disallowing certain listings consistent with the spirit of a worldwide community. We carefully consider all the details before deciding to remove such listings when they're brought to our attention, looking at the entire listing to see if it goes against our guidelines.

Items that contain nudity or adult material are governed under the Adults only policy. Please review that policy for information on adult items.

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

What are the guidelines?

 
 

Allowed

  • Items and media related to natural disasters or human tragedies that have substantial social, artistic or political value.

  • Charity websites or charity listings set up to benefit the victims of a disaster or tragic event

Not allowed

Listings that graphically portray, glorify, or attempt to profit from human tragedy or suffering, or that are insensitive to victims of such events.

 
 
Out of respect for the families and friends of victims, we don't allow listing items closely associated with violent criminals within the past 100 years. We also don't allow the listing of items that benefit people convicted of violent crimes, whether the item is listed by that person or by someone else.
 

Allowed

  • Serial killer items over 100 years old (for example, Jack the Ripper)

  • Books, documentaries and Hollywood style movies about serial killers or violent crimes

Not allowed

  • Personal belongings of anyone convicted of a violent crime or any work (such as a book) from which they might profit

  • Letters or artwork created by serial killers or violent criminals

  • Novelty items related to serial killers

  • Items glorifying serial killers or persons convicted of a violent crime

  • Items from notorious crime scenes

  • Items promoting violence against an individual, including convicted criminals

 
We recognise the historical significance of World War II and that there are many militaria collectors around the world. We allow some related historical items, but ban others, particularly those that amount to Nazi propaganda, or that may be disrespectful to victims.
 

Allowed

  • Stamps, letters, and envelopes displaying Nazi postmarks

  • Currency issued by the Nazi government

  • Historically accurate WWII military model kits that have Nazi symbols

  • Historical and religious items that bear a swastika if they are made before 1933 and are not related to Nazism

 

Not allowed

Items that are not permitted include, but are not limited to:

Holocaust-related items, including reproductions such as:

  • Uniforms and personal belongings of concentration camp prisoners

  • Jewish identification (armbands, Star of David)

  • Holocaust photos that depict dead bodies, executions, or other violent or degrading scenes

  • Nazi issued documents (passports, travel papers)

    For more information about Holocaust related issues, you can visit the Holocaust Educational Trust

Nazi-related items, including reproductions such as:

  • Uniforms, uniform components, weapons, or other items that bear Nazi symbols, whether visible or covered

  • Listings in which images are edited or cropped to try and hide Nazi symbols

  • Denazified items (items that originally had Nazi symbols that have been removed)

  • Any items that were owned by, affiliated with or books written by Nazi leaders such as:

    • Joseph Goebbels

    • Hermann Goering

    • Rudolf Hess

    • Reinhard Heydrich

    • Heinrich Himmler

    • Adolf Hitler

Any item made after 1933 that bears a swastika (e.g. jewellery, clothing, rugs, fabrics), unless listed in the allowed section above. We are sensitive that the swastika is commonly and legitimately used in religions, including Hinduism and Buddhism. However, given the highly offensive nature of the Nazi swastika, we have decided to not allow any non-historic items bearing a swastika.

Media identified as Nazi propaganda or that otherwise promote hatred or racial supremacy including historic or current items.

 
 

Allowed

  • Items of historical importance associated with acts of violence against public figures

  • War documentaries

  • Hollywood-style movies, even if they have graphic, violent subject matter

Not allowed

Items not permitted to be listed include, but are not limited to:

  • Any item that glorifies or promotes violence towards humans or animals

  • Execution or torture related media or devices

  • Explicit crime scene or morgue photographs or videos

 
 

Not allowed

  • In light of strict criminal provisions in the UK and Ireland, eBay listings may not include items that imply or promote support, or membership in, or funding of any prohibited groups.

  • Items promoting or commemorating groups with views of hatred, violence, racial, religious, or sexual intolerance that may not be addressed under current law

 
We don't allow the use of racially derogatory language or racially or ethnically offensive listings except in a few very specific cases described here, including items with historical significance.

Restricted

  • Art and media listings (such as books and music) where the offensive word or phrase is part of the title of the work.

  • Images of items that contain offensive terms can be listed if it is part of the actual name of the item but the term cannot be in the title or description of the listing.

Not allowed

  • Racial slurs

  • Items promoting or marketing intolerance toward religion, sexual orientation, race, or ethnic background

  • Slavery items, including reproductions, such as tags, shackles, documents, bills of sale, etc.

  • Confederate battle flags and related items with its image.

 

Why does eBay have this policy?

eBay connects a diverse and passionate community of buyers and sellers.  We maintain these guidelines to ensure our marketplace offers the widest selection of items possible while promoting trust and respect, as well as adherence to the law.

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