By Andrew Liptak
Facebook didn’t show ads to people who listed things like ‘child care,’ ‘mobility scooters,’ or ‘assistance dog’ as interests
Facebook has a new headache when it comes to housing advertisements. The federal government has filed charges (via Axios) that the social media site violated the Fair Housing Act by allowing ads to discriminate against some protected groups.
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) filed its complaint last week over the company’s advertising practices, something that investigative reporting and nonprofit groups have alleged for the last two years. In 2016, a ProPublica investigation revealed that anyone advertising housing could discriminate on the basis of race, and a year later, a followup investigation found that Facebook hadn’t solved the problem. The company had updated its advertising policies, but despite those updates, discriminatory ads still made it through the company’s review process.
As a result, National Fair Housing Alliance and other………………….