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Etsy Goes on Defense after Investigation into Illicit Goods

May 4, 2021


After a reporter from Insider reached out to Etsy about illicit goods allegedly available for sale on its marketplace, the company went on defense.

“We’re investing at least $40 million in policy enforcement this year to ensure we uphold the integrity of our marketplace,” Etsy wrote in a post last week.

According to the Insider article, “An Insider investigation identified roughly 800 listings on Etsy selling banned products, which encompass nearly every one of the site’s categories of prohibited items. From dangerous weapons to pornography, from poisonous plants to cat and dog remains, from pseudoscientific miracle cures to T-shirts bearing the Confederate flag, the marketplace is overrun by the products that it says it bans.”

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