A technical issue led to the listing of drugs, animals, adult services, and various other legal items which appeared in the new Craigslist competitor marketplace, Facebook has noted.

The Facebook director of product management, Mary Ku, said that the company was working on the problem and wanted to fix it, and they were also going to closely monitor the systems which ensure that they can properly identify and to remove the violations before they could give more people access to the Marketplace.

Facebook Marketplace off to a rough start as guns and other illegal items show up
Facebook Marketplace off to a rough start as guns and other illegal items show up

To be able to police all the things in the Marketplace, Facebook has to get its employees to proactively search for the offensive listings and also rely on all the user reports they receive, according to a Facebook spokesperson.

The Marketplace is being used by Facebook as a test and it was available to only a small percentage of the users for some months. Gradually, the feature is now being used to replace the Messenger shortcut which was on the bottom of the Facebook app to everyone in US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Monday the Marketplace Was Going to be Available

Facebook has stated that on Monday was going to be available to the mentioned countries and within a few days people would be able to use it, but with the review process it now seems like it will take a while before they rollout the the service again.

Ku said the following to reporters who asked about the situation,

As a result [of the technical issue], 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. We apologize for this issue.


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