In a notice sent to sellers in its “ Adults Only ” section, the eBay platform announced that, as of June 15, 2021, that section will be closed and articles that comply with its definition of sexual orientation materials will be prohibited:
” We have revised our policy on adult items,” says the notice. “ As of June 15, 2021, items that display sexual activity, sexual content or sexually suggestive poses will no longer be permitted on eBay.com. ”He goes on to say that all items left in the“ Adults Only ”section on June 15 will begin to be removed from that date, although certain limited items may be re-listed in a different section if they meet certain guidelines.
Among the items that are strictly prohibited from being included on the website under the new policy are: ” items containing sexually explicit material “, ” items with sexual content, including provocative sexual poses, genitalia or sexual activity ” and ” sexually explicit anime ” , comics, books, movies, animation, manga, hentai, yaoi ”.
The website will allow sellers to republish in their Books or Music sections: ” You can republish articles that do not contain sexual content, desecration or other material for adults .” Interestingly, in a broader analysis of the revised policy guidelines, it is noted that the following specific publications may be included in the “Magazines” section of the website “as long as the list does not contain images of nudity or explicit content such as Playboy, Playgirl, Mayfair and Penthouse . ”
In addition, “nude art” will be allowed in several sections of Art and Collectibles, as long as “it does not contain sexually suggestive poses”. Meanwhile, adult novels can be categorized under “Sexual Well-being” or several other categories “if they do not show nudity or sexual activity”. Sellers who post items that violate the updated guidelines may face action, says the website, including: “ administratively closing or canceling listings, hiding or demoting all listings from search results, lowering seller ratings, restrictions, and account suspension . ”