HUD Files Housing Discrimination Complaint Against Facebook

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: SimpleNexus Among Top 500 Companies Next: Diversity and the Business Supply Chain in Mortgage August 17, 2018 3,042 Views HUD Files Housing Discrimination Complaint Against Facebook Home / Daily Dose / HUD Files Housing Discrimination Complaint Against Facebook facebook Fair Housing HUD 2018-08-17 David Wharton Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: facebook Fair Housing HUD Share Save Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newscenter_img About Author: David Wharton Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Friday that they were filing a formal complaint against Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act by allowing landlords and home sellers to use its advertising platform to engage in housing discrimination.HUD claims 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. HUD alleges that Facebook then 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.” You can read the full complaint right here.“The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination including those who might limit or deny housing options with a click of a mouse,” said Anna María Farías, HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “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.”The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing transactions including print and online advertisement on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or familial status.  HUD’s Secretary-initiated complaint follows the Department’s investigation into Facebook’s advertising platform which includes targeting tools that enable advertisers to filter prospective tenants or homebuyers based on these protected classes.HUD’s complaint alleges that Facebook’s platform violates the Fair Housing Act by enabling advertisers to, among other things:display housing ads either only to men or women;not show ads to Facebook users interested in an “assistance dog,” “mobility scooter,” “accessibility,” or “deaf culture”not show ads to users whom Facebook categorizes as interested in “child care” or “parenting,” or show ads only to users with children above a specified agedisplay/not display ads to users whom Facebook categorizes as interested in a particular place of worship, religion, or tenet, such as the “Christian Church,” “Sikhism,” “Hinduism,” or the “Bible”not show ads to users whom Facebook categorizes as interested in “Latin America,” “Canada,” “Southeast Asia,” “China,” “Honduras,” or “Somalia”draw a red line around ZIP codes and then not display ads to Facebook users who live in specific zip codesHUD also claims that  Facebook promotes its advertising targeting platform for housing purposes with “success stories” for finding “the perfect homeowners,” “reaching home buyers,” “attracting renters,” and “personalizing property ads.”In addition, on Friday the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed a statement of interest, joined in by HUD, in U.S. District Court on behalf of a number of private litigants challenging Facebook’s advertising platform.This isn’t the first time critics have leveled complaints at Facebook’s ad practices. In 2017, ProPublica purchased dozens of rental housing ads on the site but specifically requested that they not be shown to a variety of groups protected under the federal Fair Housing Act. That act makes it illegal to run ads that indicate “any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.”The ads targeted men and women, aged 18-65, living in New York City, and highlighted categories such as “first-time buyer,” “house hunting,” and “buying a house.” However, ProPublica requested that their Facebook ads exclude a wide variety of groups, including “African Americans, mothers of high school kids, people interested in wheelchair ramps, Jews, expats from Argentina, and Spanish speakers.” According to ProPublica, all of the ads were approved by Facebook—most of them in five minutes or less. You can read more about ProPublica’s study by clicking here. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. 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Syracuse football preseason player file No. 5: Zaire Franklin

first_imgWith Syracuse football training camp a few weeks away, The Daily Orange beat writers, Chris Libonati, Jon Mettus and Matt Schneidman, will analyze one of the top 10 preseason storylines, top 10 position battles or reveal one of 10 player files each day. Check out and follow along here to countdown to camp.Zaire FranklinPosition: Middle linebackerYear: JuniorHt: 6-0Wt: 230There may be no player on Syracuse more mature beyond his years than Zaire Franklin. Entering his second year as a captain, the junior will anchor a defense that can only go up.Last year after the Orange was officially eliminated from bowl contention, Franklin took the podium and offered no excuses, no sugarcoating, just “we weren’t good enough” and disappointment. That included himself, who had his blemishes during a 4-8 season — most notably a penalty that negated a would-be fourth down late in regulation against Virginia, allowing the Cavaliers to keep their drive alive, eventually send the game to overtime and ultimately win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis year, Franklin returns to the middle linebacker spot, where he led the team in total tackles last year with 81. He was second in tackles for loss with 11. He also tacked on an interception and two forced fumbles. If Syracuse and Dino Babers are going to lean on one defensive player to flip the script on that side of the ball, it’ll be Franklin.Franklin was limited during spring practice with an unspecified injury, but has returned to full strength, he told at the ACC Football Kickoff. In the middle of second-year starter Parris Bennett and first-year starter Jonathan Thomas — the current pecking order on the depth chart — Franklin will have to guide another unit with no seniors that struggled at times last year to prevent some elite running backs from going down in the second level.“We’re just looking forward to heading into camp as healthy as possible, leaving camp as healthy as possible and getting win one against Colgate,” Franklin told Syracuse.comHealth has been a huge issue for the defense in years past, especially last year. Except for holes left by the departures of Julian Whigham and Ron Thompson, most of the starters are returners.The most notable of those returners is Franklin, and on his shoulders rest the heightened expectations in a new regime and the personal expectation of being anything better than last year.Read more about Zaire Franklin:Zaire Franklin trails off after hot start in loss to PanthersZaire Franklin prepares to embrace leadership role as sophomoreFreshman Franklin gives glimpse into the future with strong showing in loss to N.C. State Published on July 30, 2016 at 10:19 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse football position battle to watch, No. 5: Rodney Williams vs. Kielan WhitnerSyracuse football preseason storylines, No. 5: Replacing Riley DixonSyracuse football preseason player file No. 6: Steve Ishmael Commentslast_img read more