Aussie retailers including Amazon, Ebay and Google have pulled items from online stores in response to an online retailer’s suggestion to ban them.
The move follows reports of online retailers making similar requests, as well as Amazon’s ban on certain items, including the “naked” iPhone 6s.
“We have a strong commitment to respecting the rights of consumers and as a result, we have withdrawn our selection of items from certain online retailers and will no more offer those items to consumers in the future,” the Australian Retailers Association said in a statement on Monday.
The ACC said it would no longer offer items from companies that made such requests.
It also said the “bot-free” products it sells would remain available for purchase through its website and online shop.
Amazon has also announced a policy of removing items that it deems to be inappropriate, including “nude” or “nudestock” products.
Amazon and Google said the decision was made to keep its business operations safe.
Amazon said the policy change was not linked to the recent Amazon ban on the “bodily integrity” of some items.
“Amazon will continue to continue to operate safely and responsibly,” a spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
“Our aim is to provide a safe and reliable marketplace where customers can purchase products and services in confidence.”
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it was reviewing the ACCC’s action.
“As a result of this, the ACCCC is considering its options for action,” a spokesman said.
In the meantime, we encourage consumers to exercise caution when shopping on Amazon and to avoid using the company’s products and brands.”