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New York Times: Facebook Vowed to End Discriminatory Housing Ads. Suit Says It Didn’t.


On March 27, 2018, New York Times reporter Charles V. Bagli wrote an interesting piece titled, “Facebook Vowed to End Discriminatory Housing Ads. Suit Says It Didn’t.”

Bagli writes, “Fair housing groups filed a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday saying that Facebook continues to discriminate against certain groups, including women, disabled veterans and single mothers, in the way that it allows advertisers to target the audience for their ads. The suit comes as the social network is scrambling to deal with an international crisis over the misuse of data belonging to 50 million of its users.

“Facebook, and advertising behemoth with more than two billion users a month, provides advertisers with the ability to customize their messages and target who sees them by selecting from preset lists of demographics, likes, behaviors and interests, while excluding others.”

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