Facebook charged with housing discrimination by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

AmNews Staff Reports | 3/29/2019, 9:34 p.m.
Facebook was charged with discrimination by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development because of its ad-targeting system
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Facebook was charged with discrimination by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development because of its ad-targeting system.

HUD said Thursday that Facebook is allowing advertisers to exclude people based on their neighborhood by drawing a red line around those neighborhoods on a map and giving advertisers the option of showing ads only to men or only to women. The agency also claims Facebook allowed advertisers to exclude people that the social media company classified as parents; non-American-born; non-Christian; interested in accessibility; interested in Hispanic culture or a wide variety of other interests that closely align with the Fair Housing Act’s protected classes.

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