By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 3-19-19
Facebook has settled complaints and lawsuits with the ACLU, Communications Workers of America, and the National Fair Housing Alliance over allegations that its paid ad platform allowed for discrimination in employment, housing, and credit advertising.
In addition to changes in the platform, Facebook has also agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to cover “legal fees and costs and to the individual job seekers and consumers who allege that they were denied opportunities by discrimination on Facebook’s ad platform,” according to CWA. There is a monitoring period for the settlement that extends through 2022.
Facebook had also been pressed by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, which groups, it conceded, had raised “valid concerns about this issue,” as have members of Congress. » Read More