Yahoo Bans Racist Items From Auctions, Introduces Sliding Fee
Yahoo, Santa Clara, CA, which was sued by two French anti-racist organizations in April for displaying and selling so-called racist material, announced on Tuesday that beginning Jan. 10 it would ban commerce on Nazi medals, concentration camp uniforms and Nazi-related documents, among other items.
The company also announced the launch of a monitoring program to identify such items and enforce the tougher policies. The program will include a new technology designed to screen hate items, in addition to representatives who will manually monitor the site, the company said.
The move comes two months after a judge backed lawsuits by the Union of French Jewish Students and the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism and ordered the Internet portal to implement a filtering system to block "racist" items from French users or face $13,000 per day in fines.
Representatives from both human rights organizations said the ban on the hate materials vindicated their argument that so-called hate material should be banned from online auctions, according to news reports.
In addition to the ban on hate material, Yahoo introduced a sliding fee that will charge sellers anywhere from 20 cents to $2.25 -- depending on the value of the item -- for listing an auction item. The fee also will go into effect on Jan. 10, the company said.