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Yahoo! hammered over Nazi auctions

French force issue on Nazi memorabilia

Yahoo! hammered over Nazi auctions

Paul Rincon

Yahoo! has been forced to introduce new software worldwide to stop users from auctioning race-hate memorabilia on its site.

The move follows a court action by French holocaust survivors against Yahoo! chairman Tim Koogle over the Nazi memorabilia put up for sale on its site.

A spokeswoman said: “We are trialling proprietary software at Yahoo! in the US. As you might know, it is difficult to develop 100 percent foolproof software, but if it is successful it will be rolled out internationally.”

The software could remove all offensive material from its sites automatically. Under the present system, users submit any item they wish for auction without the items being vetted. But the spokeswoman admitted that Yahoo! had employed people to monitor its auction area since the court ruling.

Since its decision to ban Nazi memorabilia from its sites earlier this month, Yahoo! has employed a 'notice and takedown' policy, whereby offensive items are removed after any complaint.

In November, a French court ruling gave Yahoo three months to stop French surfers from accessing Nazi memorabilia on its sites.


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