Drugs, guns on Facebook

Facebook has been forced to apologise after guns, drugs and sex were found for sale on its new “marketplace”.

The social media giant’s Marketplace, launched on Monday, is an online shop where users can sell anything from old clothes to houses through their Facebook account.

Users managed to exploit a “technical issue” in the store in the first hours of its opening to advertise illicit goods .

After discovering the flaw the company apologised and said it would fix the glitch.

“As a result [of a technical issue in the reviewing system] certain posts with content that violated our policies were made visible to people visiting Marketplace,” said Mary Ku, Facebook’s director of product management.

The social media site said it would be “closely monitoring” the service manually to remove posts that violate its terms before Marketplace was made available to more users.