The e-commerce company removed the item as soon as it learned that the shirt was being sold and banned the store that listed it, an Etsy spokesman told CNN Business. “Elements that praise hatred or violence have no place on Etsy and we are committed to keeping our market safe,” the spokesman said.
“At Etsy, we know that democracy is the foundation of civil society, and we recognize that it must be preserved and protected,” said Etsy CEO Josh Silverman in a blog post. “During riots, it is more important than ever to be vigilant and do our part to keep the market and our community safe,”
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The company said it is constantly monitoring its market for lists that may have been inspired by recent unrest, but it is not clear why the anti-Semitic shirt was sold first on the e-commerce site.
Hours later, in an attempt to apologize, the e-commerce company responded to the tweet, saying: “Etsy strongly opposes any form of hatred. We immediately removed the list and banned the store that tried to sell it, and aggressively monitored and remove items such as those that violate our policies. Thank you @AuschwitzMuseum for bringing this to our attention. ”
The Auschwitz Museum thanked the company for its prompt response and removal of the object.