HUD Claims Facebook’s Housing Ads Discriminate


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is claiming that Facebook is violating the Fair Housing Act by using targeted ads that it claims allows discrimination based on race, nationality, religion, color, familial status, sex and disability.   HousingWire is reporting that while Facebook has already removed over 5k ad targeting options, it still hasn’t satisfied groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, who has also filed a lawsuit against the company for discriminating against protected groups.  Stay tuned…

“Facebook is discriminating against people based upon who they are and where they live,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “Using a computer to limit a person’s housing choices can be just as discriminatory as slamming a door in someone’s face.” 

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Click here to read the official HUD legal complaint against Facebook.


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