Facebook’s Marketplace, where people can post items for sale and buy things from other users on the social network, has become a breeding ground for scams and sometimes criminal activity, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The story describes Facebook’s Marketplace as a “wild wild west,” with some meet-ups between buyers and sellers on the platform ending with reports of violence. It’s worth reading for the range of examples. Like Craigslist, Facebook’s Marketplace facilitates sales as a middleman, and people can either ship items to one another or meet up in person to complete a deal using Venmo or cash, for example.
The story is another reminder of the range of misdeeds people carry out using Facebook’s platform, coming just a few weeks after a New York Times report about military romance scams on the site.