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Profanity policy

If you intend to sell on one or more of eBay's international sites, you will need to accept, and we encourage you to carefully review, the User Agreement, policies, and other requirements of that site. You can continue to reach out to the relevant customer service teams on the respective eBay site of your listing or transaction, as may be applicable to the nature of your query.

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.

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?



  • An item listed in the Adult Only category that includes a profane word as part of its official title or description

  • 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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