eBay to ban nearly all ‘sexually explicit’ materials

“Most adult-only items are prohibited,” reads the new policy

Tech Desk May 17, 2021

eBay is banning the sale of most sexually explicit materials starting June 15, 2021, the e-commerce platform’s updated adult-items policy revealed.

“Most adult-only items are prohibited,” reads the new policy on the eBay website. Items containing nudity must meet the updated guidelines and will be reviewed by the platform before being put up for sale.

“eBay defines nudity as showing any part of male or female genitalia, anus, or female breasts where the areola or nipple is visible,” the new policy read.

Modeled clothing that is see-through or very tight and shows human genitalia, the anus, or the nipple/areola of female breasts will be prohibited alongside male erections, even if the model is clothed, as well as people engaged in sexual contact or activity.

Prohibited adult-only items also include ‘sexually explicit anime, comics, books, films, animation, manga, hentai, yaoi’ as well as adult films and video games. Users may not be able to buy games some of their favourite games if the contain sexually suggestive visuals or nudity as described in the policy.

However, ‘nude art listings that do not contain sexually suggestive poses or sexual acts are allowed, but they must include the item specific attribute Subject: Nudes. These items will also be listed in categories advised by the platform. 

Moreover, from July 15, 2021, the Adult Only category will no longer be available for new listings on eBay.

eBay may also take action against sellers who do not abide by the new policy.