Facebook will remove 5,000 ad targeting options for its American advertisers to prevent discrimination via advertising, the company said in a blog post. Facebook did not disclose the 5,000 options it removed. Instead, it said that "While these options have been used in legitimate ways to reach people interested in a certain product or service, we think minimizing the risk of abuse is more important. This includes limiting the ability for advertisers to exclude audiences that relate to attributes such as ethnicity or religion." This action comes just days after the US Housing and Urban Development department filed an official complaint against Facebook for allegedly violating federal fair housing rights. On the same day, the US Justice Department said that Facebook should be held liable as a platform for the alleged discrimination. Targeting options will be removed from the "exclusion" category.…
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