Facebook has recently revealed a new service, called Marketplace. It allows you to sell and buy items and it works the same way as already popular platforms, like Craigslist. Although the service has been available for just a day or two, people started posting all sorts of ads. What could you buy on Marketplace?
The new Craigslist competitor stores a peculiar collection of items. So far, people have been trying to sell pets, like hedgehogs and snakes, as well as drugs, such as marijuana. What’s more, users have been posting different types of photos, suggesting adult services.
Marketplace developers didn’t intend to take things to this level. Their policy strictly prohibits the selling of such items. One of the officials of the new Craigslist competitor declared that the ads with inappropriate content were and will be deleted. Employees at Marketplace are in charge of this task, and they also ask users to report posts containing inappropriate ads.
The problem of being used for purposes other than those that the platform was designed for has always been an issue for such sites. Craigslist also has to deal with it, and Facebook’s Marketplace is no exception.
Before releasing Marketplace, people at Facebook have been testing it with some of its users. The new feature has been available since Monday for users in the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. It is important to note that all users must be more than 18 years old.
October 3, 2016, was the release date for the Craigslist competitor powered by Facebook. This is how Facebook announced the premiere of Marketplace on their blog:
“….today we’re introducing Marketplace, a convenient destination to discover, buy and sell items with people in your community. Marketplace makes it easy to find new things you’ll love, and find a new home for the things you’re ready to part with. We’ll continue to build new options and features to make this the best experience for people.”
This is only the beginning for Marketplace. Like any other new business, it has to face all sorts of inconveniences at the beginning, such as inappropriate posts from users. Staff members will deal with the problem, offensive ads will be removed, and the platform will only host relevant posts. Will you check Facebook’s Marketplace anytime soon?
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