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eBay Bans Confederate Flags

The Confederate flag is seen next to the monument of the victims of the Civil War in Columbia, South Carolina on June 20, 201
The Confederate flag is seen next to the monument of the victims of the Civil War in Columbia, South Carolina on June 20, 2015. The racially divisive Confederate battle flag flew at full-mast despite others flying at half-staff in South Carolina after the killing of nine black people in an historic African-American church in Charleston on June 17. Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old white male suspected of carrying out the Emanuel African Episcopal Methodist Church bloodbath, was one of many southern Americans who identified with the 13-star saltire in red, white and blue. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, June 23 (Reuters) - EBay Inc said on Tuesday it will ban Confederate flags and related items containing the flag's image from its website calling the flag a "symbol of divisiveness and racism."

eBay's decision comes after Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Sears Holdings Corp said they would stop selling products bearing the Confederate flag on Monday, a week after a white gunman shot nine dead at a historically black South Carolina church.

(Reporting by Noel Randewich; Editing by David Gregorio)

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