Facebook sued for allegedly enabling housing discrimination

Facebook says it's making progress in election preparedness

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According to the suit, the groups conducted similar investigations and found that Facebook continues to allow advertising options that could be used to bypass protected groups of people. As it turns out, there's a pretty easy way to find that out in one, giant file. A source close to the company said that the move comes after months of discussions with privacy experts.

But it said additional work revealed that weeks ago the company was approving advertising that, in effect, discriminated against mothers, families with young children and those with disabilities.

While Facebook has managed to deal with the public relations bit, the team is now looking within to ensure a repeat of the Cambridge Analytica episode is avoided in the future.

"They have phone numbers of household names who, I'm sure, would be furious to know their phone numbers are accessible".

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has since pulled his companies Tesla and SpaceX from listings on Facebook, and audio firm Sonos announced they would suspend advertising on the site for a week.




A Facebook spokesperson pushed back against the lawsuit in a statement to ABC News. "We believe this lawsuit is without merit, and we will defend ourselves vigorously".

Housing advocacy groups, including the National Fair Housing Alliance, filed a lawsuit in federal court this week alleging that Facebook has not done enough to prevent anyone buying housing ads from discriminating against protected groups, despite Facebook's repeated promises to address the issue. "Facebook ought to be opening doors to housing opportunities instead of closing them". It said it helped provide people with a "better experience across Facebook". With the embers still warm from the fake news crisis and Russia's involvement in the U.S. election via Facebook, a new fire flared up when the Cambridge Analytica data breach incident came to light last week. The company generated nearly all of its revenue previous year - some $40 billion - through advertising. Others are questioning whether users really understood what they were agreeing to when they opted in.

This is not the first request of this nature Dehaye has made of Facebook.

-My (estimated by Facebook) political and religious views, despite my posts that focus on three areas: photography, work (the latest articles, podcasts and videos) and occasionally, family. Facebook had also worked for the 2016 Presidential campaign.

From a professional perspective, the young executive uses Paperless Post, which offers an email-based alternative to the typical Facebook event when trying to do something small-scale and fairly private.

Facebook has repeatedly promised that it would crack down on advertisers who use its advertising tools to exclude certain demographics from seeing housing or employment ads. Facebook approved all of the ads, ProPublica reported. "Every single one", he said.

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