After Initial Inaction, Etsy Removes Antisemitic Review Left on Jewish Artist’s Page
Sonia Gordon-Walinsky is a Philadelphia-based Judaic artist and educator who creates calligraphy pieces with both paper and clay. Known for her personalized work, people from across the globe visit her online shop to purchase her unique handmade creations.
Several months ago, Gordon-Walinsky was shocked to receive a disturbing negative review on her Etsy page from a customer who had ordered a Rosh Hashanah greeting card. The text quoted the New Testament: “Beware of dogs, those evil doers. Those ones that cut the flesh.” (Philippians 3:2) — a antisemitic reference to the Jewish practice of circumcision.
Sonia reached out to Etsy’s Trust and Safety Team, which initially declined to remove the comment.
She then contacted the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) for help. After CAM published a video testimony in which Sonia shared her personal experience with antisemitism, several social media users called out Etsy for its failure to take action.
Ultimately, Etsy changed course. A manager with Etsy’s Content Moderation Team messaged Gordon-Walinsky, saying, “After taking another look at this review, I’d like to let you know that we understand your concerns and have removed this review in accordance with our Anti-Discrimination and Hate Speech Policy.”
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