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MAY 2019

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88 May 2019 RISMedia's REAL ESTATE {Intel} HUD Charges Facebook With Violating Fair Housing Law "Facebook is discriminating against people based upon who they are and where they live," said HUD Secretary Ben Carson in the statement. "Using a computer to lim - it a person's housing choices can be just as discrimina- tory as slamming a door in someone's face." "Even as we confront new technologies, the fair housing laws enacted over half a century ago remain clear—discrimination in housing-related advertising is against the law," HUD General Counsel Paul Compton said. "Just because a process to deliver advertising is opaque and complex doesn't mean that it exempts Facebook and others from our scrutiny and the law of the land. Fashioning appropriate remedies and the rules of the road for today's technology as it impacts housing are a priority for HUD." HUD's charge follows a formal complaint made against Facebook this past August asserting that the platform allowed advertisers to single out individuals based on gender, disability, religion, and more, in hous - ing-related marketing. The Fair Housing Act—federal laws and housing-re - lated protections enacted in 1968—prohibits discrimi- nation based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability and familial status. According to HUD, Facebook's advertising allows advertisers to exclude "people whom Facebook classified as parents; non- by Liz Dominguez T he U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has filed housing discrimination charges against Facebook. According to a statement in March, HUD alleged that Facebook's advertising platform is "violating the Fair Housing Act by encouraging, enabling and causing housing discrimination."

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