On Monday, Facebook launched a new e-commerce platform Marketplace. A platform the social network launched with good intentions; a place where users wishing to sell or buy items from other users nearby.
However, despite its best intentions, Facebook had to pull the plugs on Marketplace. Taking the social networks steps behind in its quest to become an e-commerce platform to rival Craigslist and the rest.
The reason behind the hasty pulling down of Facebook Marketplace, was, almost as soon as it went live. It attracted the attention of as many weird vendors as it attracted the normal vendors. As usual, the weirdos carry the day as they always draw more attention and cast a big shadow over the normal.
Facebook Marketplace was quickly becoming the go-to place for illegal drugs, porn materials and services and even a pet hedgehog. Of course, that is nothing out of the ordinary looking at what is listed on Craigslist and other similar platforms. It just was not what Facebook wants to be known for. Hence, the hasty destruction of the just recently created platform.