Facebook continues to roll out new services to complete its role as primary internet town hall. The latest addition is its Facebook Marketplace function, which the company trickled out this week. As Facebook had discovered, many users were buying and selling products through Facebook’s Groups function, Facebook decided to monetize on that relationship.
In other words, it aimed to make a Craigslist for Facebook. The only problem was Facebook wasn’t prepared for the strange, illicit and profane that call Craigslist home.
For example, can we interest you in purchasing a baby or a gun?
Thank you Facebook Marketplace for giving me the opportunity to buy babies or guns… pic.twitter.com/4g08zXkpmk
— Zack Neiner (@ZackNeiner) October 3, 2016
No? Okay. What about buying 6 ounces of water for a steal at $56 (bottle not included)?
Neither, however, comes close to one of our favorites: some Flame-Ass chips. Seriously, who is still calling the product Flamin’ Hot Cheetos? Flame-Ass chips feels more accurate.
Facebook Marketplace is lit. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ddeYXyRbHO
— Scott Sandalow (@ScottSandalow) October 3, 2016
Our next weird find really defies description. Not because we couldn’t describe it, but it’s probably best to let the pictures do the talking here.
This new Facebook Marketplace looks well good pic.twitter.com/JN7wmibNm1
— SOPHIE WESTON🤍 (@sophie_westonn) October 3, 2016
Someone also decided to part with their £5 note, selling it for a steal at $10. Sure, £5 only coverts to $6.37 in U.S. currency, but you’re buying an experience here, people.
Someone buy my fiver on Facebook marketplace, I will listen to reasonable offers pic.twitter.com/bng34bEvIP
— Denis (@morgankai00) October 3, 2016
We’re not really sure what this next user is selling. It’s simply called “REBORN” selling at £150. Now is this example of another use trying to sell a baby? Don’t people want their own kids? Or is this baby just proof of the magic that you can buy, which is the actual transaction of rebirth? We’re not sure!
And we’re guessing many of you may be partial to our final strange find below:
Probably not how Mark Zuckerberg imagined it all going down, but, really, what else could you expect from the internet?
“As we expanded Marketplace access, we encountered a technical issue that prevented our reviewing system from identifying some posts that violated our commerce policies and community standards,” a Facebook rep said in a statement. And added: “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.”
Apology accepted, Facebook!