Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is accusing tech behemoth Facebook of engaging in housing discrimination, according to a complaint filed on Friday.
In it, HUD says the social media giant allows landlords and home sellers access to advertising tools that limit which prospective buyers or tenants can view certain online ads based on race, religion, sex, disability and other characteristics.
“The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination including those who might limit or deny housing options with a click of a mouse,” Anna María Farías, HUD’s assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity said in a statement.
“When Facebook uses the vast amount of personal data it collects to help advertisers to discriminate, it’s the same as slamming the door in someone’s face,” she said.
Information Liberation reports: I said weeks ago Trump should move on these Big Tech companies the same way Obama and the Democrats moved against coal.
It appears that’s exactly what he’s doing.
If Big Tech won’t respect our First Amendment, then to paraphrase Hillary Clinton, “we need to put a lot of Big Tech companies out of business.”
According to the complaint, Facebook permitted advertisers to discriminate based on disability by blocking ads to users the company categorized as having interests in “mobility scooter” or “deaf culture.” It similarly discriminates based on familial status by not showing ads to users that were labeled as being interested in “child care” or “parenting,” according to the complaint.
Facebook could also modify or block ads depending on ZIP code, the complaint adds.
A spokesperson for Facebook said it would respond to the HUD complaint in court and that the company will work with the department about concerns raised.
In a separate action from the HUD complaint, the Justice Department filed a statement of interest Friday, joining housing advocates in alleging that Facebook’s advertising platform of violating fair housing laws.
The move allows the lawsuit, filed in March by the National Fair Housing Alliance and three other housing advocacy groups, to continue.
This is an attack on the core of Facebook’s business model. Microtargeted advertising is the reason people buy ads on Facebook. You can target only old, wealthy people in Beverly Hills or only young, poor people in Appalachia.
The Republican establishment would never dare make a move like this because it contradicts their “conservative principles” which tell them you can never interfere with the so-called “free market.”
They’re fine losing on all fronts and letting their children’s country be taken over by communists and hostile foreigners so long as they can die on the hill of their “principles.”
Trump, on the other hand, is a fighter. He has no problem using the power of the state to fight against these Silicon scumbags.
The Democrats not only ran coal companies into the ground by swamping them with onerous regulations but literally put coal magnate Don Blankenship in jail.