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Facebook apologizes for questionable posts on Marketplace

FacebookInc. issued an apology for a "technical issue" thatresulted in certain questionable sale posts being featured on its Marketplace theday the feature was launched,The New York Times reported Oct. 4.

Facebook on Oct. 3 launched the Marketplace feature on itsapp, enabling users to go through items listed for sale by people near them. Bythe end of the day, the social media company reportedly ended up apologizingfor an issue with the feature that caused some posts selling illegal drugs,dogs, guns, sexual services and baby hedgehogs. Sale of such items and servicesare against the company's commerce policy.

Mary Ku, a product management director of the company, said:"We are working to fix the problem and will be closely monitoring oursystems to ensure we are properly identifying and removing violations beforegiving more people access to Marketplace," according to thereport.

The Marketplace feature was launched in the U.S., theU.K., Australia andNew Zealand on the Facebook app for 's iOS and -owned 's Android operatingsystem, with plans to roll it out to additional countries and on desktop in thecoming months.