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eBay Gives Regulators New Powers To Remove Dangerous Listings

Online seller eBay clearly has no desire to become a governmental power a la Facebook, now giving over 50 authorities around the world the keys to remove dangerous listings from its site without informing the company.

These include listings that “have evidence of a risk to consumer safety”, according to eBay, thus hastening the removal of such “illegal or unsafe items”.

It’s a smart move, effectively handballing regulation to the authorities.

Lesley Rudd, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First, calls this a step in “eliminating the need for a second level of approval streamlines the process, making product removal more efficient and reducing the risk of harmful products being purchased.

“We welcome any move that speeds up the process of removing dangerous goods online”.

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