Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Slippery Slope of Etsy

Etsy implemented a new policy a couple days ago regarding what items will be banned from being sold on the site. The change was prompted by a printer selling greeting cards that poked fun at rape, the disabled, AIDS, and Jesus to name a few. The cards caused so much uproar that this guy was even mentioned on CNN.

While these cards are extremely offensive and in bad taste, the new policy is a bit vague and seems to open up an opportunity for Etsy to censor any items it doesn't find in good taste. Being that Metal Taboo pushes the envelope a bit, of course I have to wonder if this will trickle down. Only time will tell, but as of now, I shall keep the deviance coming.

Here is a snippet of the letter posted by the new Chief Operating Officer at Etsy:

"We have posted our new policies in the Prohibited Items section of our DOs & DON'Ts on Etsy.

For those of you who don't want to read the full text of the policies, I'll summarize the big changes. We no longer allow items or listings that promote, support or glorify hatred toward or otherwise demean people based upon race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation; including items or content that promote organizations with such views.

We also looked at our policies around violence and illegal activity and we have revised those, too. The revised policy now prohibits items or listings that promote or support illegal activity or instruct others to engage in illegal activity and items or listings that promote, support or glorify acts of violence or harm towards self or others."

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