Story at a glance:

  • Recalled items associated with infant deaths are still being sold on Facebook Marketplace.
  • It is company policy to ban recalled items on Facebook Marketplace, and occasionally, the social media giant has to manually enforce those rules.
  • USA Today reporters claim they had no problem acquiring recalled goods on Facebook Marketplace nor was it a problem creating posts for recalled items.

 

Recalled items associated with infant deaths are still being sold on Facebook Marketplace, according to reporting from USA Today. The outlet uncovered listings for 14 different recalled products that are linked to 121 infant deaths and almost 400 incidents or serious injuries. 

The listings, totaling 170, include items like Boppy Newborn Loungers, Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play seats, Magnetix toys, and collapsible Maclaren strollers. These products were recalled after they led to incidents like suffocations, choking, and fingertip amputations. Yet, users were still able to post the items for sale on Facebook’s Marketplace, an e-commerce page on the social media platform. 

Facebook is facing a host of criticisms after whistleblowers came forward saying the company favors profits over its user safety and that its platform harms children, particularly young girls. 


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As part of its investigation, USA Today reporters claim they had no problem acquiring recalled goods on Facebook Marketplace nor was it a problem creating posts for recalled items.

A Facebook spokesperson told USA Today that it is company policy to ban recall items on Facebook Marketplace, and occasionally, the social media giant has to manually enforce those rules. 

How much Facebook is able to flag recalled products is unknown, but Facebook said it is working closely with interest groups, manufacturers, and regulatory agencies to create the list.

Between 2015 and 2020, there were eight reported infant deaths associated with the Boppy pillows. Customers say their infants suffocated after being placed on their backs, sides, or stomachs on the lounger, MarketWatch reported. 

Boppy sold 3.3 million pillows nationwide at retailers, including Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Pottery Barn Kids between $30 and $44. The loungers were recalled by The Boppy Company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

“These types of incidents are heartbreaking,” CPSC Acting Chairman Robert Adler said in a statement at the time. “Loungers and pillow-like products are not safe for infant sleep, due to the risk of suffocation. Since we know that infants sleep so much of the time — even in products not intended for sleep — and since suffocation can happen so quickly, these Boppy lounger products are simply too risky to remain on the market.”


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Published on Nov 04, 2021