Amazon pulled merchandise bearing the phrase "Slavery gets s**t done" from its online United Kingdom marketplace after social media users brought the products to the online shopping giant's attention, according to Reuters.
What are the details?
The merchandise, which featured a graphic of what appears to be two Egyptian pyramids, said, "Slavery gets s**t done."
See two examples of the merchandise below.
Absolutely shocking t-shirts! - "Amazon under fire for selling 'Slavery makes sh*t happen' t-shirts for kids". Come on @amazon, you should do better to control what you sell
— Anti-Slavery International (@Anti_Slavery) January 22, 2018
According to the Reuters report, T-shirts weren't the only items for sale bearing the phrase — other items such as bags and mugs were available for purchase on the online retailer's website.
After social media outrage, Amazon announced the decision on Monday to pull the merchandise from its marketplace.
What did Amazon have to say about it?
Amazon in a statement said that the items — which were promptly removed from the marketplace — were listed for sale by third-party sellers.
"All Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don’t will be subject to action including potential removal of their account," a spokesperson for Amazon said. "The products in question are no longer available."
Indeed, if you navigate to the retailer's U.K. site, no relevant items appear.
A search on the U.S. website also returns no results for those — or similar — items.
Amazon's current policy against "offensive products" prohibits items such as "products that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual, or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views."
Other prohibited merchandise includes "crime scene photographs," "morgue or autopsy photographs, "human body parts," "products retrieved from a disaster or tragedy site," "videos, sound, or other recordings taken without the subject's permission," and any other products deemed inappropriate at the discretion of Amazon.