Facebook accused of discriminating against women


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a charge with the US labour equality watchdog alleging that Facebook “consciously encouraged” employers to exclude women from their recruitment.

It named 10 employers including a roofing firm, a home security vendor and a tyre repair chain which it said had used Facebook’s powerful ad targeting tools to illegally advertise only to men or to young people.

“In creating and carrying out these targeting mechanisms, Facebook has created and profited from a powerful tool for discrimination against female and other non-male job applicants,” the charge alleges.

“Facebook has long known that employers and employment agencies were using its platform to discriminate on the basis of gender, and [has] encouraged that behavior, rather than eliminating it.”

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