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Facebook Hit With Discrimination Claims Over Financial Services Ads

Oct 31, 2019 / News Item
Some of the plaintiffs lawyers who reached a sweeping settlement with Facebook Inc. earlier this year that forced changes in how the company allows advertisers to target promotions for housing, employment and credit opportunities sued the company again claiming it still allows advertisers for financial services to discriminate against women and older users. * * * “Due to Facebook’s discriminatory practices, millions of older and female Facebook users have been denied the opportunity to receive valuable advertisements about financial services opportunities that advertisers sent to younger...
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Facebook denied financial services opportunities to women and older people, lawsuit alleges

Oct 31, 2019 / News Item
Facebook is facing a proposed class action lawsuit for allegedly denying people financial services products based on age and gender. A complaint filed Thursday in a federal district court in San Francisco alleges that financial services ads on Facebook were targeted away from women and older people over the past three years. The complaint defines older people as those who are at least 40 years old. It seeks to bar Facebook and advertisers from excluding older persons and women from receiving ads for financial services such as bank accounts, loans, insurance coverage, and investments. * * *...
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Facebook is Sued for Age, Gender Bias in Financial Services Ads

Oct 31, 2019 / News Item
Facebook Inc was sued on Thursday in a proposed class action accusing it of discriminating against older and female users by withholding advertising for financial services such as bank accounts, insurance, investments and loans. According to the complaint filed in San Francisco federal court, Facebook persists in its willingness to let financial services advertisers “target” prospective customers by age and gender, despite a recent overhaul covering other kinds of ads. * * * “The Internet is not a place where you can discriminate against people because of their age or gender, particularly in...
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Facebook Financial-Services Ads Accused of Male Bias in Lawsuit

Oct 31, 2019 / News Item
Plaintiffs claim web ads illegally exclude women, older users Complaint follows U.S. claim over restricted job postings Facebook, Inc. was sued over claims that tailored advertising for financial services on the social media network discriminates against its older and female users who might be interested in products such as mortgages, personal loans and insurance. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in San Francisco federal court, alleges Facebook helped financial services companies target users based on age and gender, resulting in younger people and men getting a disproportionate number of services...
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Facebook Hit with Massive National Civil Rights Class Action by Women and Older People Denied Financial Services Opportunities on Facebook for Years

Oct 31, 2019 / Press Release
Facebook users demand that the company immediately take action to stop financial services ads from being targeted away from women and older persons on Facebook Contacts: Peter Romer-Friedman , Outten & Golden LLP, prf@outtengolden.com , 718-938-6132 Matthew Handley, Handley Farah & Anderson LLP, mhandley@hfajustice.com , 202-559-2411 SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 31, 2019—Today, a class action was filed against Facebook alleging that older and female Facebook users have been denied advertisements about financial services opportunities on Facebook. The action, filed by a 54-year-old District of...
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In Historic Decision on Digital Bias, EEOC Finds Reasonable Cause That Employers Violated Federal Law When They Excluded Women and Older Workers From Getting Job Ads on Facebook

Sep 24, 2019 / Press Release
Contacts : Peter Romer-Friedman, Outten & Golden LLP, prf@outtengolden.com , 718-938-6132 or 202-847-4402 Galen Sherwin, ACLU, gsherwin@aclu.org , 212-519-7819 Today, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) announced that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces federal equal employment opportunity laws, has issued a historic decision finding reasonable cause that seven American employers violated federal law when they sent job ads on Facebook that excluded women, older workers, or both from getting those job ads. The employers who received...
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Numerous Leading Housing Companies Charged With Discriminating Against Older Americans in Advertising Apartments on Facebook

Sep 18, 2019 / Press Release
Class of Tenants and Housing Rights Initiative File Charges Against Seven Housing Companies for Excluding Older Residents From Getting Their Housing Ads on Facebook, and Reveal That Dozens of Companies Engaged in Digital Discrimination in the D.C. Metro Area Contacts : Peter Romer-Friedman , Outten & Golden LLP, 718 938-6132 or (202) 847-4402, prf@outtengolden.com Matthew Handley , Handley Farah & Anderson LLP, (202) 559-2411, mhandley@hfajustice.com Aaron Carr , Housing Rights Initiative (646) 699-8980, aaron@housingrightsny.org WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2019—Today, in a historic civil...
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Facebook Won’t Let Employers, Landlords or Lenders Discriminate in Ads Anymore

Mar 19, 2019 / News Item
The sweeping changes come two years after ProPublica’s reporting, which sparked lawsuits and widespread outrage. Facebook advertisers can no longer target users by age, gender and ZIP code for housing, employment and credit offers, the company announced Tuesday as part of a major settlement with civil rights organizations. The wide-ranging agreement follows reporting by ProPublica since 2016 that found Facebook let advertisers exclude users by race and other categories that are protected by federal law. It is illegal for housing, job and credit advertisers to discriminate against protected...
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Facebook To Overhaul Ad Targeting Tools To End Bias Suits

Mar 19, 2019 / News Item
Facebook on Tuesday settled a series of lawsuits alleging it enabled advertisers to illegally exclude certain users from seeing their job, housing and credit ads, with the tech giant agreeing to overhaul its platform to limit those ads from being targeted toward cherry-picked users in a discriminatory way. The global settlement resolves four cases against Facebook that had been pending in federal court as well as a case pending before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Each suit included a variation of the allegation that Facebook's employment, housing and credit advertisements...
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Facebook Agrees to Sweeping Reforms to Curb Discriminatory Ad Targeting Practices

Mar 19, 2019 / News Item
Ana Blinder, ACLU, 646-905-8877, ablinder@aclu.org Peter Romer-Friedman, Outten & Golden LLP, 718-938-6132, prf@outtengolden.com Amy Fetherolf, Communication Workers of America, afetherolf@cwa-union.org NEW YORK — A historic civil rights settlement was announced with Facebook today following a variety of anti-discrimination legal actions. The settlement encompasses sweeping changes that the tech giant will make to its paid advertising platform to prevent discrimination in employment, housing, and credit advertising. Since late 2016, Facebook has faced legal pressure from the American...
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