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Fair Housing Groups Sue Facebook

Facebook lawsuit

Digested from The New York Times

The suit alleges that Facebook continues to enable apartment owners and real estate brokers to exclude certain groups of people.

Multiple fair housing groups filed a lawsuit in federal court in late march alleging that Facebook continues to enable apartment owners and real estate brokers to exclude certain groups of people, including women, disabled veterans and single mothers.

In the lawsuit filed in Manhattan, the National Fair Housing Alliance, Fair Housing Justice Center, Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence and the Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio allege that Facebook created pre-populated lists that make it possible for its housing advertisers to exclude home seekers from viewing or receiving rental or sales ads because of protected characteristics, including family status and sex. 

“When it comes to housing and employment ads, Facebook, in response to criticism over the last 17 months, has repeatedly promised that it would crack down on advertisers who use those same tools to show housing or employment ads to whites only,” wrote The New York Times’ Charles Bagli.

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