This is an example of how Facebook’s platform has been abused in recent years, as Facebook was used to auction off a teenage girl.
Last month, men in South Sudan engaged in a bidding war over a 17-year-old girl after they saw a post on Facebook advertising her for marriage. Just a few days after the post circulated online, she was purchased by a wealthy businessman to be his wife, according to Fossbytes.
Several men engaged in a bidding war over the 16-year-old girl and the post circulated online for two weeks before Facebook finally came to its senses and took it down. The original post marketing the girl was published on October 25th. It was only removed by Facebook on November 9th, days after the girl is said to have been married. The girl was reportedly bid on by five men, including some high-ranking South Sudanese government officials. Apparently, the bride’s father received 500 cows, three cars and $10,000 in exchange for his daughter.
Child marriage is already illegal in South Sudan, but the practice has continued despite efforts from the government and advocacy to end it. However, this is the first known effort of people using Facebook to make these illegal exchanges.
The terrifying part of the whole story, is Facebook’s late action on such incident. It’s really unclear why it took over two weeks to remove the post.