Louisville’s CafePress has been called out on Twitter for profiting from the sale of items that seem to promote sexual violence, or at least for failing to have any sort of pro-active quality control for what it sells on its site.
Take for example this shirt:
Shockingly, that very same design is available in kids’ sizes:
Then there are the baby items, including bibs with nearly pornographic images of women on them and a baby blanket with the word “bukkake” (which you’re just going to have to google if you want to learn more about… trust us, it’s NSFW).
There’s also a selection of baby onesies with highly inappropriate, vulgar messages.
In a response to the tweets from Caitlin Roper, CafePress said it’s handling the situation, but also that she’s misdirected her energy by posting these images to her feed:
I then looked to see what else I could find. And in almost no time found this:
And this, which, let me remind you, is a kids T-shirt:
Clearly the image-policing mechanisms CafePress has in place are not really doing what they need to do.
I’ve reached out to CafePress for comment but so far have received no response.
It hasn’t been the best week ever for CafePress, which just recently saw its stock close at a 52-week low.
Update Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, 9:15 a.m.: CafePress’ response is now included below:
“It has been recently brought to our attention certain content on our site that may be considered offensive. Please know that these designs do not reflect the views of CafePress employees and we regret any offense or concern caused by the images in question.We have taken action to remove the offensive content and will to continue to review for other designs that do not meet our content usage policy. We encourage our customers to notify us at [email protected] if they see user content on CafePress that they feel violate our policies.”