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Policy Update: Confederate Flags

Jun 23, 2015

by Bonnie Broeren

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Today, we are removing confederate flag items from our marketplace. Etsy’s policies prohibit items or listings that promote, support or glorify hatred, and these items fall squarely into that category.

With each application of our policies, we strive to strike the right balance between creative freedom, Etsy’s values, and establishing a safe and respectful marketplace for members. The challenge of defining and eliminating offensive items raises deep and complex issues — both philosophical and pragmatic. At Etsy, we wrestle with these challenges regularly. We strive to think about our site holistically and determine what is best for the entire community.

Due to the nature of our platform, it is possible that a prohibited item may appear for sale on the site before our enforcement teams have a chance to remove it. Members are welcome to report these items to us. We have a timely review process for all reports.

You can find the list of other items that are prohibited on Etsy here. We regularly review our policies to ensure they are in line with our values, and they will continue to evolve accordingly.