United States of America: Announced lawsuit against Meta regarding algorithmic discrimination in housing advertising

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Announced lawsuit against Meta regarding algorithmic discrimination in housing advertising

On 13 August 2018, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) initiated a lawsuit against Facebook (now Meta) for algorithmic discrimination in housing-related advertising. The lawsuit alleges that the algorithm of the housing-related advertising system discriminated against Facebook users based on their race, religion, colour, gender, marital status, disability, and national origin. The lawsuit alleges that this practice is discriminatory advertising that violates the Fair Housing Act (FHA).

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Policy Area
Other operating condition
Policy Instrument
Consumer protection regulation
Regulated Economic Activity
online advertising provider
Implementation Level
national
Government Branch
executive
Government Body
central bank

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2018-08-13
under deliberation

On 13 August 2018, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) initiated a lawsuit aga…

2022-06-21
under investigation

On 21 June 2022, the lawsuit by the Department of Justice against Meta (formerly Facebook) regardin…

2023-01-09
in force

On 21 June 2022, the lawsuit by the Department of Justice against Meta (formerly Facebook) regardin…