Facebook charged by Trump administration with 'discriminatory' housing ad practices

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has charged Facebook with "discriminatory" advertising practices, alleging that the social network prevents advertisers from reaching a broad swath of buyers.Facebook's advertising platform uses data and machine learning that allows landlords, developers and other housing providers to target certain users, the Housing Department alleges, which discriminates against other users on the base of race, color, national origin, religion, familial status, sex, and disability. Facebook is discriminating against people based upon who they are and where they live,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson in a statement. “Using a computer to limit a person’s housing choices can be just as discriminatory as slamming a door in someone’s face.

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