Facebook Introduces Marketplace Platform in US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand

On October 3, 2016, Facebook has introduced Marketplace, which the company describes as "a convenient destination to discover, buy and sell items with people in your community.” 

The social media giant explained that its new Marketplace "makes it easy to find new things you’ll love, and find a new home for the things you’re ready to part with," and added that the company will continue to build new options and featured to enhance the experience of users on the platform. 

The platform opens with photos of items that people near users have listed for sale. It includes a search bar and several filter options as well as a location tool. Once a product has been selected, the user can send the seller a message directly but Facebook noted that it does not facilitate payment or delivery. 

Marketplace will be rolling out to everyone over 18 years old in four countries originally — the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand — and only on the iPhone and Android apps but the company noted it will be expanding to additional countries in the coming months as well as make it available on the desktop version. 

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