Facebook busted for bigoted adverts

❝ The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said it’s charging Facebook Inc. with allegedly violating the Fair Housing Act by restricting who can view housing-related ads.

❝ “Facebook is discriminating against people based upon who they are and where they live,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said. “Using a computer to limit a person’s housing choices can be just as discriminatory as slamming a door in someone’s face.”

The social network allowed those advertising housing to exclude people it classified as parents; non-American-born; non-Christian; interested in accessibility and Hispanic culture; as well as other group’s deemed protected classes, according to HUD.

Facebook responded by saying, “Gee-whiz. We’re trying to reduce the bigotry in our ads. We’re just too busy counting our money to catch up with stuff like that.”

OK. That really isn’t what they said; but, it might as well be. Self-pitying whining about cost and time constraints from a company that rolls in money faster than they can stack it into boxcars ain’t cutting much ice with the few honorable folks remaining in federal government.

One thought on “Facebook busted for bigoted adverts

  1. Ketchup says:

    “Elizabeth Warren declares open season on Facebook’s false ad policy” https://www.axios.com/elizabeth-warren-facebook-mark-zuckerberg-advertisement-cdb71a08-6914-449d-a22d-072a5e1f9e71.html
    “An ad by Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign that says Facebook has endorsed President Trump (before admitting the claim is a lie) is having its intended effect: raising tough questions about Facebook’s policy of allowing politicians to make any claims they want.
    Why it matters: Facebook has spent much of the last 2 years talking about its efforts to protect elections. But while Facebook is cracking down on foreign interference and deliberate voter suppression, it is giving political candidates carte blanche to distort and deceive.”
    See also: Zuckerberg talks Warren’s “existential” breakup threat in leaked audio https://www.axios.com/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-elizabeth-warren-leaked-audio-cb570a06-2389-44e4-86cf-f5677a1d648a.html

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