The U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement with Meta over alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act related to Facebook's targeted advertising practices. Plaintiffs alleged Facebook's personalized algorithms for housing ads were partially powered by characteristics protected under the FHA. Under the settlement, Meta was ordered to halt its advertising tool and "develop a new system to address racial and other disparities caused by its use of personalization algorithms" for housing ads. "Companies like Meta have a responsibility to ensure their algorithmic tools are not used in a discriminatory manner," Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said.
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