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HUD Files Fair Housing Complaint Against Facebook

August 21, 2018 | Categories: Fair Housing Law, News | Tags:

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) filed a complaint on 8/13/2018 against Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act. Read HUD’s complaint against Facebook.

According to the press release, HUD claims that Facebook enables advertisers to control which users receive housing-related ads based upon the recipient’s race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, disability, and/or zip code. Facebook then allegedly invites advertisers to express unlawful preferences by offering discriminatory options, allowing them to effectively limit housing options for these protected classes under the guise of “targeted advertising.”

HUD alleges that Facebook allows advertisers to, among other things:

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