United States of America: Reached settlement in lawsuit against Meta regarding algorithmic discrimintation in housing advertising

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Reached settlement in lawsuit against Meta regarding algorithmic discrimintation in housing advertising

On 21 June 2022, the lawsuit by the Department of Justice against Meta (formerly Facebook) regarding algorithmic discrimination in housing advertisement concluded with a settlement. Meta settled to change its advertising technology practices in addition to paying a fine of USD 115,054. In August 2018 the Department of Housing and Urban Development had initiated a lawsuit against Meta/Facebook for algorithmic discrimination in Facebook's housing-related advertising system. The algorithm of the system discriminated against Facebook users based on their race, religion, colour, gender, marital status, disability, and national origin. The lawsuit alleged 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 government

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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…