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Facebook Marketplace gone bad: Sex, drugs and guns

Facebook apologized to the users stating that the technical problem prevented them from recognizing and removing posts that violate the rules.

@LanaJelic
Published Tue, Oct 4 2016 9:14 PM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:17 PM CDT

Facebook has introduced Marketplace, an online destination where you can buy and sell items with people in your community, on Monday. However, it didn't take long for the users to start exploiting this tool.

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Drugs, animals, sexual favors, weapons and a whole range of forbidden items were listed on Facebook's Marketplace. Those items clearly violate the terms of service.

Mary Ku, Director of Product Management, apologized to the users stating that the technical problem prevented them from recognizing and removing posts that violate the rules.

"As a result, certain posts with content that violated our policies were made visible to people visiting Marketplace. We are working to fix the problem and will be closely monitoring our systems to ensure we are properly identifying and removing violations before giving more people access to Marketplace", Mary Ku told the USA Today.

Facebook wants to directly compete with local e-commerce platforms like Craigslist. They also want to offer an alternative to the online 'flea markets' like eBay. There are already many Facebook groups where you can sell and buy stuff so this is a logical step for Facebook - formalize sales.

Marketplace is quite simple. It shows you the photos of items that people near you have listed for sale. You can also filter your results by location, price and category. When you find something you want, send the seller a direct message from Marketplace. Posting items for sale is also very simple and fast.

Marketplace will at first be available in the US, UK, Australia and New Zeland on the Facebook app for iOS and Android, but should roll out in other countries and on the desktop version of Facebook in the coming months.

Lana has a passion for technology and science. She spends her time looking for the latest and most interesting technology and science news. Her passion is in gadgets, wearables, and other cool and interesting applications of technology or science. She also spends her free time gaming in MMOs like World of Warcraft. She has prior experience covering technology for publications and breaking news. If she’s not doing either, you might just find her exploring the metaverse in VR. Lana wants to expand TweakTown’s coverage of mobile, wearables and gadgets while also bringing her experience with science and general tech to TweakTown. Her area of coverage is around science, technology, smartphones, wearables, and general neat gadgets. She hopes to one day be able to drive around in her self-driving car while she schedules an appointment for a SpaceX trip to the moon on her smartwatch.

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