Amazon and eBay have blocked gross sales of merchandise that includes the phrase “stand back and stand by,” phrases which have been adopted by right-wing extremist teams after US President Donald Trump used the phrase throughout Tuesday evening’s presidential debate.
The 2 on-line retail giants and Teespring, an internet customized attire firm, started on Thursday flattening listings of merchandise bearing the phrase, in addition to merchandise that function the insignia of the Proud Boys, a far-right group. The gadgets included shirts, buttons and stickers.
Trump used the phrase in the course of the chaotic debate after he was requested if he’d condemn white supremacy and the Proud Boys. The president instructed the group to “stand back and stand by.” Since then, the phrases have been used as a rallying cry by extremist teams and have appeared on merchandise on the market on-line.
“We take a tough line in opposition to any itemizing making an attempt to unfold hate and discrimination,” an eBay spokesperson instructed CNET in an emailed assertion.
Amazon mentioned it had “eliminated” such merchandise.
“It has come to our consideration that content material selling hate and violence has been circulating on Teespring. The sort of content material is strictly prohibited underneath our Acceptable Use Insurance policies, and in opposition to our values as an organization,” a Teespring spokesperson instructed CNET in an emailed assertion. “We’ve got no real interest in profiting off hate or violence, and we’re within the means of investigating these reviews and taking acceptable motion.”
The Proud Boys have been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which notes that the group was fashioned in the course of the 2016 presidential election as an “anti-political correctness” and “anti-white guilt” motion. The group denies being racist, although its members do determine as “western chauvinists.”
The Proud Boys did not instantly reply to a request for remark.