Facebook (Still) Letting Housing Advertisers Exclude Users by Race

Recent investigative reporting by ProPublica reveals that Facebook continues to allow discriminatory housing ads—long after the practice was exposed—and after Facebook executives vowed to correct those clear violation of the Fair Housing Act.

ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism with moral force.

An excerpt of the article follows:

“Last week, ProPublica bought dozens of rental housing ads on Facebook, but asked that they not be shown to certain categories of users, such as African Americansmothers of high school kids, people interested in wheelchair rampsJewsexpats from Argentina and Spanish speakers.

All of these groups are protected under the federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to publish any advertisement “with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.” Violators can face tens of thousands of dollars in fines.

Every single ad was approved within minutes.”

This was despite Facebook’s own policy. View the process ProPublica used to test that policy.

See the full article here.

And for those looking for an ADA-compliant, multilingual rental listing and locator option, see www.housingidaho.com

Idaho Fair Housing Cases

This section is provided as a courtesy to those seeking information on past cases filed and/or settled in Idaho. The list will be updated as cases are provided; the information below was provided by the Intermountain Fair  Housing Council as context for the 2016 Assessment of Fair Housing. Cases are organized by the protected class issues at the heart of the complaint.

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Free Fair Housing Workshop – Twin Falls

The city of Twin Falls and the Intermountain Fair Housing Council are hosting a workshop on the Fair Housing Act, Support Animals and Reasonable Accommodations, and Limited English Proficiency Compliance Requirements.

May 28, 2015

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Mountain Time.

To register click on the link below

Fair Housing Workshop

For more information contact:

Brian Dale at 208-334-1088 ext. 3005

Please, contact the Intermountain Fair Housing Council below for any reasonable accommodation needed for the event.

Zoe Ann Olson of the Intermountain Fair Housing Council at 208-383-0695, x 306 or zolson@ifhcidaho.org.

Local Bus Panels, Videos Promote Fair Housing

The City of Boise Fair Housing Task Force and regional Forum partners are getting the word out about fair housing and the 2-1-1 referral option! Look for these bus panels and posters on bus benches around the valley, and help us spread the word about fair housing resources and protection!

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And remember to share the corresponding fair housing videos sponsored by Idaho Housing and Finance Association (IHFA).