eBay announced on Friday in a notice sent to sellers listing items in its “Adult Only” section that the “Adult Only” category will no longer be available for new listings starting June 15. Additionally, the company will ban the sale of “articles showing sexual activity, sexual content or sexually suggestive poses” on its website effective June 15.
The new website policy details which items will no longer be permitted for sale on the site and states that “sexually explicit anime, comics, books, movies, animation, manga, hentai, yaoi; »As well as« Films and video games for adults classified X, XXX, R18 or not classified for an audience reserved for adults; “And” adult anime / manga that include sexually explicit content, nudity, or sexual stories “are prohibited.
eBay clarified that artwork depicting nudity is an exception and that sellers can relist such items in the “Art and Collectibles” section of the website as long as they do not contain sexually suggestive poses. Likewise, sex toys and sex accessories are still permitted, provided that the products “[do] do not include images of nudity or sexual content. ”
The new policy also provides a specific exception for Playboy, Playgirl, Mayfair, and Attica magazines in the Magazines category of the site “as long as the list does not contain nude images or explicit content”.
Sellers will be able to relist items that were in the “Adult Only” category that do not violate its new regulations in other categories. However, items containing nudity or depicting “sexual activity” are no longer permitted on the website.
The company defines nudity as “showing any part of the male or female genitalia, anus or female breasts where the areola or nipple is visible”; “Patterned garments that are transparent or very tight and show the human genitals, anus or nipple / areola of female breasts; “” Male erections, even if the model is dressed; ”And“ persons engaged in sexual contact or activity ”.
eBay also explained the reasoning behind the new policy, stating, “We want to make adult items available to those who want to buy them and can do so legally, while preventing those who do not wish to view or purchase these items. to access it easily. ”
In recent years, many platforms have decided to host pornographic or sexual content. Tumblr banned adult content in December 2018. Instagram updated its terms of service in December 2020 to ban sex workers from advertising on the platform. In 2019, PayPal dropped its support for payments to creators of pornographic content on the Pornhub website. Likewise, Patreon began suspending the accounts of some adult content creators in 2018.