Monday, August 30, 2021

eBay porn ban alarms LGBT historians

 Leaders in the LGBTQ community worry that eBay's recent ban on the sale of sexually explicit material could hurt efforts to find and preserve queer history, especially from the pre-Stonewall era.

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As the largest marketplace for used goods, eBay has become the default trading ground to find all manner of niche items, including LGBTQ memorabilia and publications.

A ban on sexually explicit content was announced back in May and went into effect in June, though eBay has recently been in the process of ramping up enforcement efforts.

The move comes amid increased pressure on companies to remove pornography and other sexual content. Just last week OnlyFans backtrade on a plan to push out the sex workers that it belatedly acknowledged were the lifeblood of its business.

Although eBay's ban applies to both straight and LGBTQ erotica, critics say it is being selectively enforced, with specific exceptions carved out for Playboy and Penthouse

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