Within a few hours of being launched, all sorts of illegal items were being sold on the Facebook classifieds section called Marketplace that was launched on Monday. In a short span of time, according to this NYTimes report, sex, guns and baby hedgehogs, and even human babies, were being sold through the Facebook Marketplace. But this was bound to happen. People are going to sell illegal items as soon as they get an opportunity whether it is Facebook classifieds or any other place online or off-line.
Thank you Facebook Marketplace for giving me the opportunity to buy babies or guns… pic.twitter.com/4g08zXkpmk
— Zack Neiner (@ZackNeiner) October 3, 2016
Why did it happen? Why were illegal items being sold on the Facebook classifieds section? Why did Facebook app marketplace allow people to sell guns, sex and human babies? According to Mary Ku, a director for product management at Facebook, there was a technical problem in the system that prevented Facebook’s review system from identifying posts selling illegal items. She said, “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. We apologize for the issue.”
Wondering what is this new Facebook classifieds section called Marketplace?
In a recent blog post Mary Ku declared that the Facebook community members now will be able to not just bother each other with mundane updates like what they had for breakfast, they will also be able to sell products to their friends, colleagues and other Facebook users through the latest classifieds section Facebook has launched called Marketplace. This is a new classifieds section that Facebook has launched that may eventually compete with eBay and Craigslist.
This is definitely a step in the right direction. Already almost 1 billion people are using Facebook on a regular basis. This can be a big marketplace. People immediately started selling illegal items in the classifieds section and they were able to do so because the software is still in its nascent state. Now that they have realized that how easy it might be to sell illegal items using Facebook Marketplace, they will definitely be installing some safeguards to better review the listings.