Yesterday, Facebook officially launched its newest feature called Marketplace — a direct competitor to the widely popular Craigslist. The idea was to take the “buy and sell” groups that 450 million users are already using and create a whole new tab in the app for peer-to-peer shopping.
Much like Craigslist, the idea was to create a shared space for people to buy and sell goods in an easy to use, safe environment. And much like Craigslist, that didn’t last long. Within a day, the Marketplace was flooded with ads for drugs, sex, animals, and a number of other weird things that are supposed to be banned from the app.
they were on Facebook marketplace this morning lol pic.twitter.com/Ew5avraNLB
— Haley Stewart (@Helllllas) September 24, 2016
Thank you Facebook Marketplace for giving me the opportunity to buy babies or guns… pic.twitter.com/4g08zXkpmk
— Zack Neiner (@ZackNeiner) October 3, 2016
Facebook Marketplace is everything I dreamed it would be! pic.twitter.com/SjEKgaDnmz
— Good Boy Inc. (@_MStJohn) October 3, 2016
back in NY we have to just buy our drugs on Facebook pic.twitter.com/K52j7RUlz7
— Tim Bernal (@tombornal) October 3, 2016
look at the high quality goods and services being offered on the Facebook marketplace near me pic.twitter.com/znRY1RdJih
— Anson Seabra (@ansonseabra) September 8, 2016
You see guys, this is why we can’t have nice things.