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HUD charges Facebook with facilitating housing discrimination

Joe Mont | March 29, 2019

The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced this week that it is charging Facebook with violating the Fair Housing Act by “encouraging, enabling, and causing housing discrimination through the company’s advertising platform.”

The action follows HUD’s investigation of a secretary-initiated complaint filed in August 2018. The federal agency alleges Facebook unlawfully discriminates based on race, color, national origin, religion, familial status, sex, and disability by restricting who can view housing-related ads on Facebook’s platforms and across the internet. 

HUD also claims Facebook mines extensive data about its users and then uses that data to determine which of its users view housing-related ads based, in part, on these protected characteristics. “Facebook is discriminating...

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