Louisville, Ky. – CafePress, an online marketplace of user-designed products based in Louisville, announced today the website will no longer be a platform to sell Confederate flag-items.
“CafePress has decided to amend its content usage policy and will now classify use of the Confederate flag as hateful speech,” a company spokesman wrote in an email with The Lane Report. “We will be removing all products featuring the Confederate flag from our marketplace.”
Other images prohibited on CafePress include swastikas and other Nazi symbols, pornographic material, hateful and racist terms, and extremely violent scenes.
The move to pull items bearing the Confederate flag comes as other large retailers, such as Walmart, Sears and eBay, have made the same decision.
The Confederate flag has been under increased scrutiny since the flag remained flying over the South Carolina state capitol after nine African Americans were gunned down in a church in Charleston, S.C., last week. On Monday South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the flag’s removal, though the act requires an approval of two-thirds from the state’s legislature.
CafePress was founded in California in 1999, but the online marketplace relocated its headquarters and production facility to Louisville in 2012.