Facebook has been called upon to do more to prevent the sale of Nazi memorabilia on its web site.
The items, including an emblem of the SS, a Nazi military cross and the propaganda of the Third Reich materials have recently been posted on Facebook on the Market.
Facebook doesn’t allow the sale of offensive items, and removed the goods after having been contacted by the BBC.
Campaign groups said the internet companies had a responsibility to eradicate the trade in Nazi artifacts.
There is no legislation in the UK in order to prevent the sale of Nazi memorabilia, but most major auction houses and online shopping sites have policies of prevention.
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According to Facebook, the policy on items sold online must comply with the site’s community standards that prevent the sale of anything deemed as offensive.Quick glance”
But two Nazi military insignia were allowed to remain on sale despite being reported by a Facebook user in October of last year.
Joe Mulhall, senior researcher at the campaign group Hope Not Hate, said: “A quick glance at something like Facebook Marketplace shows you how easy it is to still find these things.
“While social media companies, and a company like Facebook, have a real job on their hands to try and deal with something that changes as quickly as this, I think they have to do more.”
He said that there was a “market risk of the fund by the far-right and extremist people who sell and trade in such content, and that is the last thing we want.”
He added: “In the last five or six months, we have seen moves in the right direction by companies like Facebook when it comes to the hate content on their platform, and things like that, that are sold, but I think there’s a long way to go.”
The social media giant has acknowledged mistakes have been made on the occasion, and said that he was constantly working to improve the methods used to identify the potential for violation of its policies. ‘Disrespectful’
Stephen Silverman, director of investigation and enforcement in the Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “It is difficult to comment without knowing more about the incident.
“However, this is a simple question.
“Although there are perfectly legitimate reasons for the purchase of Nazi memorabilia, it is also the case, that these items are in demand by those who fetishise the Nazi regime or by right-wing groups that publicly display at their events.
“It is the responsibility of social media, companies to ensure that they do not promote good faith of the retailers and that they have processes in place to weed out sellers whose motives are questionable.”
Online auction Site eBay allows items of historical importance to be listed, including Nazi coins and stamps, but not the Nazi propaganda, the elements of military uniforms or other items bearing Nazi symbols.
A spokesman for eBay, said: “These articles have no place on our market. EBay goes beyond the legal requirements to remove items that may be disrespectful to the families of those affected by the atrocities committed during the war.”