Provide a detailed summary of the following web content, including what type of content it is (e.g. news article, essay, technical report, blog post, product documentation, content marketing, etc). If the content looks like an error message, respond 'content unavailable'. If there is anything controversial please highlight the controversy. If there is something surprising, unique, or clever, please highlight that as well: Title: Etsy is awash with illicit products and mass produced goods Site: The online marketplace Etsy is overflowing with listings for products it says it bans. Insider found hundreds of listings for ivory, weapons, dead pets, poisonous plants, and porn. Etsy requires products to be handmade, but huge numbers of sellers post mass-produced items. Etsy says handcrafted items are its "heart and soul." But the delicately carved miniature sculptures known as netsuke probably aren't what it had in mind. The often thumb-sized objects — depicting figures, animals, and the natural world and tracing back to Japan's Edo period — were commonly made from elephant ivory, which contributed to a deadly trade that drove elephants to the edge of extinction. Today, the manufacture and sale of elephant ivory are subject to sweeping national and international prohibitions. But listings for the purchase of ivory netsuke and dozens of other products carved from elephant tusks, from jewelry to antique accessories, are readily available on the publicly traded online marketplace Etsy. And that's just one of the company's rules that are being openly flouted by rogue sellers on the platform. An Insider investigation identified roughly 800 listings on Etsy selling banned products, which encompass nearly every one of the site's categories of prohibited items. From dangerous weapons to pornography, from poisonous plants to cat and dog remains, from pseudoscientific miracle cures to T-shirts bearing the Confederate flag, the marketplace is overrun by the products that it says it bans.  And while Etsy markets itself as exclusively for handmade or vintage items, the site is awash in listings for mass-produced products, from charging cables to massage tools, air fryers, and wholesale clothing. Altogether, the abundance of prohibited items show a widespread failure of the company to monitor its online marketplace and enforce its rules. The breakdown is especially striking at a time when platforms like Facebook and Twitter have faced intense scrutiny over their track records for keeping unwanted content like political misinformation and hate speech off of their sites.  When presented with Insider's findings, Etsy deleted the rule-breaking listings and said the company had been planning to increase its investments in systems to detect such content. But even after the takedowns, it was still easy to find many more rule-breaking listings almost identical to the ones Insider originally flagged.  On Friday, the company announced that it would spend "at least" $40 million in 2021 to beef up its enforcement capabilities. Citing "an even greater responsibility to foster a safe and trusted platform" amid its pandemic-fueled user growth, Etsy said it would increase staffing and develop tools "to enable these teams to more effectively and efficiently do their jobs." Missing from the announcement, though, was an explanation for how so many prohibited items were able to be openly sold on the site until now — and whether Etsy had failed to notice the problem or simply neglected to take action.  An example of an ivory product for sale on Etsy. Etsy Etsy's illicit arsenal In the muddy hell of the First World War, some desperate soldiers resorted to building trench clubs: Homemade clubs adorned with spikes, nails, and bolts for bludgeoning enemy soldiers to death. In 2021, you can buy a steel-spiked trench club advertised as fully functional on Etsy. It's just one of hundreds of dangerous weapons that have been sold on the online marketplace. Banned but available products included small items like a knife disguised as a necklace and brass knuckles; resin daggers and other defensive keychain items; pre-sharpened carbon-forged steel spearheads; concealed cane swords; and a four-bladed "apocalyptic ripsaw mace." Etsy's rules prohibit "items that are presented as weapons or to be used to inflict violence," while allowing exceptions for "tools" or "an unusable decorative item," as well as "foam, rubber, or plastic reproduction weapons for training or roleplay." But many of the listings for historical-style weapons on Etsy, such as medieval longswords, say the items are shaped from metal at professional forges and advertise the ability to inflict "maximum damage." The buyer of one studded mace wrote in a review that they kept it in their truck "for easy access if it's ever needed." Etsy has eight broad categories of prohibited items — from "Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia, and Medical Drugs" to "Pornography and Mature Content" — and it carries product listings from almost every single one of them. Through simple keyword searches based on Etsy's prohibited-items policy and its seller policy , Insider identified hundreds of rule-breaking listings that made little or no attempt to disguise what they sold. The company does not allow "items made from cat and dog parts or pelts," but it had listings for domestic cat skulls, the mummified remains of goldendoodle puppies, and the preserved fetuses of kittens.  Etsy says it bans tobacco products, but the site has listings for dried tobacco. It listed T-shirts and license plates with the Confederate flag, despite a ban on the symbol . It says it bans vehicles but listed vintage cars, Ford ambulances, and a $20,000 wood-carved, fully functional electric motorbike. Hundreds of prohibited drug paraphernalia like roach clips and tools for using cannabis concentrates are available. Hardcore pornography is for sale, in violation of Etsy's rules. And despite a ban on radioactive material, it even had a listing for uranium ore. A mummified puppy being sold on Etsy. (Image censored by Insider.) Etsy Pseudoscientific claims are common on Etsy's marketplace, despite being banned, with dubious alternative remedies promising to tackle tumors, COVID-19, erectile dysfunction, and other ailments. Illicit weight-loss products are also common. And for the supernaturally inclined, the marketplace is also awash with magical "spells" varyingly promising wealth, love, health, and gainful employment. Etsy says it bans spells promising "metaphysical outcomes," but some sellers have racked up thousands of sales from customers, with premium magical rituals costing hundreds of dollars each. And clearly fake products, such as clothing and iPhone cases with the logos of designer brands like Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, and Gucci are widely available.  Many of the offending listings pay Etsy for advertising to boost their ranking in internal search results, and the company takes a 3 to 5% cut of every sale — meaning it directly profits from the marketing and sale of ivory, weapons, and other problematic products. Etsy describes itself as an "unjuried" marketplace, meaning that it doesn't directly handle any of the goods sold on its platform and sellers are responsible for abiding by its rules. The company said in a statement that it was always working to improve its system to prevent inappropriate items from appearing on the site through a combination of automated and manual tools, as well as user reporting.  "Etsy's Trust & Safety team uses flags from users to review listings and take appropriate action as quickly as possible, prioritizing the most potentially harmful complaints," the company said.  A surge in pandemic shopping has brought mass-produced products Since the pandemic began more than a year ago, Etsy's site has been flooded with activity, as homebound consumers shopped online and sellers rushed to meet the demand. The company's annual revenues jumped 111% to $1.7 billion in 2020, and the number of items listed for sales on its site swelled to 92 million. Billing itself as less corporate than Amazon but more structured than eBay or Craigslist, Etsy has tapped a valuable segment of online commerce, giving small merchants a way to sell their unique items: jewelry, art, fashion, toys, homewear, crafting gear, greeting cards, vintage finds, and beyond. "Everything listed for sale on Etsy must be handmade, vintage, or a craft supply," the company's rules say. But this requirement is routinely ignored. There are countless listings on Etsy for mass-produced items: iPhone chargers, massage guns, sandals, LED lights, sunglasses, socks, alarm clocks, air fryers, face massagers, humidifiers, wholesale face masks, lip gloss, scarves, and more.  In many cases, different sellers appear to have bought the same item from a supplier in bulk to resell, with slight variations in marketing materials and descriptions (a business model called "dropshipping"), while falsely describing the item as handmade. When sellers work with a third-party "production partner," they are required to disclose the name, location, and role of this partner — another requirement that is regularly flouted. Many sellers appear to buy identical items from suppliers then falsely market them as being handmade. Etsy Etsy said the "exponential growth" of its marketplace in 2020 had resulted in a 400% increase in reports of noncompliant listings, with violations of its handmade policy the most common. While many of the listings found by Insider were for mass-produced goods, Etsy said the handmade category was inherently nuanced and challenging to enforce. "A handmade item can be something that was completely crafted using only an artist's own two hands, or it can be an item that was custom designed by a creative entrepreneur who then uses a partner to help with production," the company said. The content-moderation struggle Content moderation has been a longstanding struggle for tech giants. Social-media companies such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter have come under scrutiny for everything from pornography to gory videos showing up their sites. Facebook spends billions annually on trust and security issues and has 35,000 staffers variously working to safeguard users' security, monitor posts, and develop artificial-intelligence tools to flag forbidden content — an effort that has had mixed results. Earlier this month, Insider reported that users on Facebook's Instagram and Snapchat regularly peddled prescription painkiller pills and opioids on the platforms, with numerous buyers dying after ingesting fentanyl-laced pills. While the hundreds of items Insider discovered on Etsy violate the company's rules, they don't necessarily violate the law. The legality of weapons depends on the item and jurisdiction. In New York, where Etsy is headquartered, brass knuckles and cane swords are illegal, as is the case in California. But traditional swords are not illegal in either state. A variety of poisonous plants that Insider found for sale on Etsy — like dried mandrake root ($6 for an ounce), which can cause delirium, vomiting, dizziness, diarrhea, and death if consumed, and "deadly nightshade" ($12 for a bag of se