Online retailers team up with Jewish group to stop ‘hate’ products

Major online sales sites including eBay and Gumtree will meet with a Melbourne-based Jewish group that fights anti-Semitism to crack down on the sale of goods inciting hatred.

Next year’s roundtable with the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission will respond to the “virus of hate” that has infiltrated some of Australia’s biggest retailers and online sales sites, according to the group’s chairman, Dvir Abramovich.

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“Where anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial flourishes, so will you find hatred for Asians, gays, women, Muslims, and other ethnic minorities that often leads to violence,” Dr Abramovich said.

Sites that have so far signed up to the cyber hate meeting include eBay, Gumtree, Booktopia, and Angus and Robertson.

Dr Abramovich said the group will develop guidelines to respond to hateful material sold online and mechanisms for customers to better report products that incite violence against minorities.

Many online listings feature racist, sexist and homophobic goods for sale. Holocaust denial books are widely available through online bookstores and eBay has an extensive range of Nazi paraphernalia, some of which is advertised as collectables.

On eBay, Nazi coins are listed for sale for up to $500 and a Nazi jacket is on sale in Western Australia for more than $1000.

Goods promoted by online classifieds websites include Ku Klux Klan memorabilia, items depicting black people that describes them as n—ers, Confederate flags, and golliwog-themed items.

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A Melbourne eBay seller who spoke to Fairfax Media had their listing for a golliwog doll pulled down last week because it was in breach of the company’s discrimination policy.

“We have made the decision to prohibit the sale of golliwog dolls and many associated products from our site globally,” eBay told the customer. “We believe this is the right thing to do and is consistent with our values as a business. Please do not relist.”

Dr Abramovich called for all online retailers to take a stand against goods sold on their websites that promote hatred and violence.

“Extremists engage in a wide variety of activities to promote their causes and recruit new members, and the tremendous growth of the internet and social media has allowed many of them to promote their violent ideologies inexpensively on legitimate platforms,” he said.

“The members of the group and I have recognised that digital hate represents one of the most serious threats to our freedom and democracy and that is why we are coming together to tackle this growing problem.”

An eBay spokeswoman said it had policies in place to combat hateful behaviour on its website while offering the widest selection of items possible.

“Keeping the site free of hateful and offensive materials is important to eBay because the platform is about connecting a diverse and passionate community of buyers and sellers,” she said.

“Online is a fast-evolving landscape and we always welcome input from third party experts who are heavily invested in issues like this one.”

Gumtree said it was looking forward to the discussions with other online retailers to combat cyber hate. A spokeswoman said its prohibited items policy was broad to ensure it captured the range of items that could be deemed offensive.

“We encourage the community to report any offensive ads, including those for Nazi memorabilia, so we can investigate and remove, if necessary,” she said.

Editor’s note- you can see for yourself, sites like the one linked below  offer high quality, made in US, cuff titles and arm bands at very low prices. When will this hate finally end.

Published in: on December 16, 2016 at 10:25 am  Leave a Comment  

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