Since last year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has sent Facebook thousands of requests to remove Marketplace listings for a recalled product that has been linked to more than 100 infant deaths. However, according to a group of lawmakers this week, Facebook is still allowing this dangerous product to be widely sold.
In a letter to Meta, four US lawmakers pressed Facebook to explain its safety policies, how it monitors product recalls, and how it dedicates its staff to these safety issues. They say that despite thousands of warnings, the platform still hasn’t done anything to stop this product from reappearing repeatedly on its Marketplace platform.
“To date, the volume of takedown requests has not slowed, and CPSC staff is unaware of any proactive measures Meta has taken to prevent these postings in the future,” the lawmakers wrote. “Meta’s failure to prevent recalled products from being posted for sale on its platform has resulted in your users and their children being placed at risk of purchasing and using a product that CPSC has found to pose a serious risk of injury and potential death.”
The lawmakers gave Facebook until the end of August to explain itself. However, it’s unlikely that this issue will be clearly resolved without a stronger intervention.
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