Friday November 11, 2016

Facebook Halting Ads That Target, Exclude Races

After receiving a ton of backlash over the discovery that Facebook allowed advertisers to exclude specific racial and ethnic groups when placing ads for housing, credit and employment, the company has done a 180 saying that they will no longer allow that to happen.

Facebook has been under fire from federal lawmakers for allowing advertisers to exclude racial and ethnic groups when placing housing ads such as an apartment for rent or a house for sale. Pro Publica brought the ability to light when it placed an ad for a housing-related event that excluded African Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanics. The Department of Housing and Urban Development, the federal agency that enforces fair housing laws, held discussions with Facebook to address "serious concerns" about the practice.