People selling drugs, animals and adult services on Facebook Marketplace

You bought what on Facebook?
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You bought what on Facebook?

Less than a week after Facebook officially took the wraps off its new eBay competitor, called Marketplace, people are already using it to sell things that violate Facebook's policies, including drugs, animals, and adult services.

For example, in the US we've seen listings in Marketplace for snakes, baby hedgehogs, fish, a farm hand, and scantily clad people posing suggestively. 

A Facebook spokesperson initially declined to comment to Business Insider beyond pointing to the company's commerce policy, which expressly prohibits selling these kinds of items and services.

Facebook launched its Marketplace feature this week in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and United States.
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Facebook launched its Marketplace feature this week in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and United States.

Seen something strange listed on Facebook Marketplace? Tell us about it businessday@fairfaxmedia.co.nz.

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To police what is sold, the spokesperson did say that Facebook will rely on its employees proactively looking for offensive posts in Marketplace along with users reporting posts they think should be removed.

Facebook has been testing Marketplace with a small percentage of its users for months, but now the feature is replacing the Messenger shortcut in the bottom centre of Facebook's app for everyone over the age of 18 in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

Facebook director of product management Mary Ku later told Business Insider that a "technical issue" caused these listings to get past its review process.

She said the company is "working to fix the problem" and "closely monitoring our systems to ensure we are properly identifying and removing violations before giving more people access to Marketplace."

- This story was first published on BusinessInsider.com.au

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