Facebook Engages in Housing Discrimination With Its Ad Practices, U.S. Says

Facebook Engages in Housing Discrimination With Its Ad Practices, U.S. Says

The Department of Housing and Urban Development sued the company for violating the federal Fair Housing Act by limiting who sees ads based on characteristics like race, religion and national origin.

On Thursday March 28, 2019, Katie Benner Glenn Thrush And Mike Isaac at The New York Times wrote:
WASHINGTON The Department of Housing and Urban Development sued Facebook on Thursday for engaging in housing discrimination by permiting advertisers to restrict who is able to see ads on the platform based on characteristics like race, religion and national origin.

In addition to targeting Facebooks advertising practices, the housing department, known as HUD, claims in its lawsuit that the company uses its data-mining practices to determine which of its users are able to view housing-related ads.

Facebook is discriminating against people based upon who they are and where they live, Ben Carson, the housing secretary, said in a statement announcing the lawsuit.

Ms. Faras, according to six department officials, told HUD managers that she intended to replace her top subordinate, Timothy Smyth, who had overseen the Facebook case and other high-profile actions, including an investigation into the City of Houston.
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