Discriminatory Housing Ads Continue to Appear on Facebook
Facebook ads are still getting through even if they could discriminate against minorities and protected groups, according to a new report.
On Tuesday, ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative journalism group, said it was able to exclude African Americans, mothers, disabled people and Spanish speakers when placing hosuing ads on Facebook. There are laws regulating advertising practices when it comes to housing, employment and financial services to avoid discrimination.
“Under its own policies, Facebook should have flagged these ads, and prevented the posting of some of them,” ProPublica said in its report. “Its failure to do so revives questions about whether the company is in compliance with federal fair housing rules, as well as about its ability and commitment to police discriminatory advertising on the world’s largest social network.”
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