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The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) charged Facebook with discrimination under the Fair Housing Act today, “by encouraging, enabling, and causing housing discrimination through the company’s advertising platform.”
Facebook has allowed advertisements on its platform to exclude certain people from targeting based on categories like race, religion, sex, and disability, among other characteristics. According to HUD, Facebook also allowed advertisers to, “exclude people based upon their neighborhood by drawing a red line around those neighborhoods on a map.”
Facebook ran ads for mortgages, apartments, real estate listing services, and single-family houses by real estate agents. All were able to discriminate based on very specific criteria.
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