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Profanity policy

Policy overview

For a pleasant experience on eBay, we don't allow using hateful, offensive, profane, or vulgar language in public areas of the website, including:

  • Profiles

  • Chat rooms

  • Discussion boards

  • eBay Motors

  • eBay Stores

  • Feedback

  • Listings

  • Collections

  • Other areas of the site that people see

To find out more about our profanity policy, see the guidelines below.

If you see a listing that you think might be violating this policy, you can report it to us by clicking the Report Item link on the right side of the listing description page.

Make sure your listing follows these guidelines. If it doesn't, it may be removed, and you may be subject to a range of other actions, including restrictions of your buying and selling privileges and suspension of your account.

What are the guidelines?



  • Music CD, movie DVD, or other media items with titles that include profanity. The profane word has to be part of an official title (for example, a song title) that was originally released by the company that made the item.

  • Officially released product with a brand name that includes a profane word.



  • Novelty items (hats, T-shirts, and so on) with profanity have to meet the following criteria:

    • The majority of the profane word has to be replaced with asterisks (for example, s*** or f***).

    • Any image showing the profane word needs to be blurred out as well.

Not allowed

Not allowed

  • Hateful, obscene, offensive, racist, sexual, or violent words in any public area of eBay.

  • Offensive user IDs.

  • Profane language to describe an item for sale.

  • Profanity in a listing title or description.

Just like any public place and other websites viewed by people of all ages, we expect eBay users not to use profane or offensive language. This is a basic rule that applies to everyone.

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