eBay Vs Sex. The popular buying and selling platform and the first great ‘marketplace’ on the Internet has undoubtedly declared war on sex. Or at least to all the ‘merchandising’, products, items, and material in general for adults that does not comply with their new policies.
Banning of sexual material on eBay
In the past week, in a notice sent to sellers of your section ‘Only for adults’, the auction website announced that, as of June 15, 2021, that section will be closed and articles that meet its definition of sexually content material will be prohibited on the site.
“We have revised our policy on adult articles”, the notice says. “As of June 15, 2021, items that display sexual activity, sexual content, or sexually suggestive poses will no longer be allowed on eBay.com. “
The statement goes on to say that all articles that remain in the Adults Only section on June 15 will begin to be eliminated from that date, although certain limited material may be re-listed in a different section if it meets certain guidelines.
Among the items that are strictly prohibited on the site under the new policy are: “articles containing sexually explicit material”, “articles with sexual content, including the display of provocative sexual poses, genitalia, or sexual activity” Y “sexually explicit anime, comics, books, movies, animation, manga, hentai, yaoi. “
In their revised guidelines On the items the site will allow sellers to re-list in their Books or Music sections, the eBay statement notes that “You can re-list items that do not contain sexual, profanity, or other adult material.”
Interestingly, in a broader breakdown of the revised policy guidelines, it is noted that the following specific publications may be offered for sale in the magazine section of the site “as long as the ad does not contain nude images or explicit content: Playboy, Playgirl, Mayfair y Penthouse. In addition, ‘nude art’ may be included in the Art and Collectibles sections as long as it does not contain sexually suggestive poses. “
Art and Sexual Wellbeing
Novelty items for adults, meanwhile, may be re-listed in Sexual Wellness or various other categories “if they do not show nudity or sexual activity.”
Sellers found to be listing items that violate the updated guidelines may face action, according to the site, including: “tadministratively terminate or cancel listings, hide or downgrade all listings from search results, lower seller rating, purchase or sale restrictions, and account suspension. “
In a footnote explanation of why it is enforcing this new policy, eBay argues that “We want adult items to be available to those who want to buy them and can do so legally, while preventing those who do not want to see or buy these items from having easy access to them.”
What is nudity for eBay
eBay defines nudity as the display of any part of the male or female genitalia, anus, or female breasts where the areola or nipple is visible. The following are also considered nudity
- Modeled clothing that is see-through or tight-fitting and shows the human genitalia, anus, or the nipple / areola of female breasts.
- Male erections, even if the model is dressed
- People in sexual contact or activity
The following items are not allowed:
- Adult articles with illegal content
- Articles that do not comply with our explicit illegal content policy
- The use of materials of sexual orientation, including articles containing nudity and displays of sexual activity, is not allowed. This includes the following
- Adult movies and video games rated X, XXX, R18, or not rated for an adult audience
- Sexually explicit anime, comics, books, movies, animation, manga, hentai, yaoi
- Adult magazines, nude posts, or adult anime / manga that contain sexually explicit content, nudity, or sexual stories
- The following magazines and books may be listed in the Magazines category as long as the listing does not contain nude images or explicit content: Playboy, Playgirl, Mayfair and Penthouse
Items in the following categories are no longer allowed on eBay:
- DVD and adult movies
- Magazines for adults only
- Video games for adults only
- Adult-only domain names
- Others only for adults
- Adult-Only Collectibles on Blu-Ray, DVD and Movies, LaserDisc, VHS, Other Adult Movie Formats, VCD, SVCD, Non-US VHS (PAL)