Facebook facing housing discrimination charges from HUD

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Facebook is being charged with housing discrimination by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The claim Thursday from HUD comes less than a week after Facebook said it would overhaul its ad-targeting systems to prevent discrimination in housing , credit and employment ads as part of a legal settlement with a group that includes the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Fair Housing Alliance and others.

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HUD claims Facebook’s ad platform was “encouraging, enabling, and causing housing discrimination.” The agency said Facebook technology illegally restricts who can view housing-related ads on its platforms and across the internet. It also claims Facebook gathers extensive data about its users and then uses that data to determine which users view housing-related ads.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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