Amazon and eBay to ban Confederate merchandise (UPDATE: And Etsy too)

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Following the announced removal of the popular symbol of slavery and racism from state capitols, license plates and big box stores, online retail giants are following suit.

Amazon confirmed that it will pull "Confederate flag merchandise" from the website Tuesday afternoon, about an hour after eBay banned sales and auctions of similar stuff.

Sales of the flags were skyrocketing at Amazon at the time of the announcement. At the time of publication, a cheapo polyester Confederate battle flag remains the top seller in the site's flag category, knocking the ever-popular Swastika into second place.

The sudden revulsion at the flag follows last week's killing of nine people by white supremacist Dylann Roof, who has been charged with the murders and returned to South Carolina to face trial.

UPDATE: And Etsy too!

"Today, we are removing confederate flag items from our marketplace," the company said. "Etsy's policies prohibit items or listings that promote, support or glorify hatred and these items fall squarely into that category."