Amazon, eBay, and other online shopping platforms are stopping the sale of merchandise from their websites which are marked with the words “stand back” and “stand by” and are indicative of the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group.
Shirts with the words cropped up for sale after President Trump asserted the phrase on Tuesday night, denoting the white supremacist group, while debating with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
No Proud boys products on Amazon
People linked to the Proud Boys online saw Mr. Trump’s assertions in an inspiring way, and products bearing the phrase instantly made their way onto sites such as Amazon and Teespring, which are online platforms that let customers design and sell their own products. Amazon started obstructing sales of such products on 29 September, an Amazon official corroborated. “All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action including potential removal of their account. The products in question have been removed,” the official person said via email.
The ecommerce website has taken such drastic measures of blocking profiles of the people or organizations promoting or vending items with Nazi or white supremacist symbols from its website. Amazon’s policy dictates that “prohibited listings” on its website comprise of “products that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views.”
Teespring also corroborated the news that it had banned products with these words.
“It has come to our attention that content promoting hate and violence has been circulating on Teespring,” the retailer said on CBS MoneyWatch. “We have no interest in profiting off hate or violence, and in this case we immediately removed the designs as they violate our policies.”