Google Inc has become the latest online retailer to pull all products bearing the controversial Confederate flag from sale in the wake of last week's racially-motivated massacre at a historic black church in South Carolina.
Amazon, eBay, Wal-Mart and Sears have already announced their decision to ban sales of merchandise displaying the image of the flag, which many see as representing racism and slavery.
In a statement sent to Reuters news agency, Google said it had pulled the items due to the perception that it "expressed hate".
We have determined that the Confederate flag violates our ads policies, which don't allow content that's generally perceived as expressing hate toward a particular group.
Lawmakers in the state yesterday voted to open the debate on removing the flag from display in the State House grounds.
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Amazon.com will be removing Confederate flag merchandise from its site, a source knowledgeable with the matter told Reuters.
The online retailer's move follows similar decisions by EBay, Wal-Mart and Sears in the wake of a racially-motivated massacre last week at a historically black South Carolina church.
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US department store chain Sears has announced it will remove all Confederate Flags being sold by third parties on its marketplace website.
It follows a decision by supermarket giant Wal-Mart to remove all products bearing the controversial flag - which many see as representing racism and slavery - from stores and online in the wake of a massacre at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.
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Supermarket giant Wal-Mart has pledged to remove all items bearing the Confederate Flag from its stores and online, according to a statement.
The move by the company - which owns UK supermarket chain Asda - comes after widespread protests over the flying and use of the flag, which many see as a symbol of hate and a throwback to the time of slavery.
It has remained in use in the grounds of the State Capitol in Columbia despite the racially-motivated shooting at a church which left nine worshippers dead.
South Carolina's governor, Nikki Haley, is among those calling for the flag to be taken down.
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