Home front: Discrimination in high-tech housing; flower arrangement with mom | New


In this week’s Home column, Facebook faces a housing discrimination lawsuit from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and a special Mother’s Day flower arrangement class.

DISCRIMINATION IN HIGH-TECH HOUSING … The Department of Housing and Urban Development is suing Facebook for housing discrimination. He filed charges against internet giant Menlo Park on March 28 for allegedly violating the Fair Housing Act by “promoting, allowing and causing discrimination in housing” via the advertising platform of the company, according to a press release from HUD.

According to the charges, Facebook has allowed advertisers to exclude people that Facebook has classified as parents; not born in the United States; non-Christian; interested in accessibility; interested in Hispanic culture; or a wide variety of other interests that align closely with the protected classes of the Fair Housing Act. HUD also accuses Facebook of allowing advertisers to exclude people based on gender, race and religion. “Using a computer to limit a person’s housing choices can be just as discriminatory as slamming a door in someone’s face,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in the statement. hurry.

The charges stem from a complaint filed by the Department of Justice and HUD with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York last August on behalf of a number of private litigants challenging Facebook’s advertising platform .

The HUD charge is expected to be heard by a United States administrative judge, unless a party to the prosecution chooses to have the case heard in federal district court, according to the press release.


Rosalie M. Dehner