OpenSea criticised for sale of Hitler NFTs

Hitler-themed NFTs currently on auction for $132,724 despite criticism

                                
OpenSea, reportedly worth $1.5bn, is the world's largest trader of NFTs - Photo:Shutterstock
                                

OpenSea, the world’s largest marketplace for non-fungible token (NFTs) has received criticism for allowing the sales of Nazi artworks depicting Hitler.

The American company, valued at $1.5bn (£1.1bn), was criticised by multiple news outlets, including Vice news and the Times of Israel, for allowing the sale of such NFTs.  

One NFT available on OpenSea as part of the NFTCHAIRS series shows the Nazi dictator sitting down doing a Heil Hitler salute with his arm. There seems to be a market for such anti-Semitic NFT content, as currently bidding on the Hitler NFT auction lies at 37 ETH ($132,724).

Some other NFTs have been named ‘Hitler did nothing wrong’ or ‘Heil Hitler’.

One Twitter user called baby geep, pointed out the Hitler-related content on OpenSea has gained a lot of attention on social networking site. Other Twitter users responded with comments: “Oh, don’t like that” and “disgusting and shameful”.

Being “controversial” is in OpenSea’s terms of service

OpenSea does state within its terms of service that the site and some of its content will be “controversial”.

OpenSea outlines it: “facilitates trade among a diverse community of buyers and sellers. Openness is one of our most prized values, and we're committed to providing a platform for the exchange of a wide range of content, including controversial content. These policies ensure that our marketplace offers the widest selection of assets possible while promoting trust and respect, as well as adherence to the law.”

However, the company also states that it does exercise “judgement in allowing or disallowing certain assets, listings, smart contracts and collections consistent with the spirit of openness in a worldwide community of users.”

OpenSea goes further on to say that it “carefully considers” all of the details before deciding to remove inappropriate assets.   

Currency.com contacted OpenSea for a comment on the matter but received no reply. 

Further reading: Lindsay Lohan’s Canine Cartel NFT on OpenSea

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