Social networking giant, Facebook, is the latest culprit accused of disability discrimination as it allegedly allowed advertisers to filter adverts to discriminate against disabled people. It faces allegations that its advertising “unlawfully discriminates by enabling advertisers to restrict which Facebook users receive housing-related ads” through its huge trove of data, which allows landlords and house sellers to choose not to show ads to those with interests in categories like “assistance dogs”; “mobility scooter”; “accessibility” and so on.
Not only are these actions in violation of the Fair Housing Act, they are also yet another violation of the rights of disabled people. For the 120,000 people with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) and some 13,000,000 living with a disability, this is once again a reminder of the work that must be done for equal rights. This case comes after a series of disability right violations, such as wheelchair user Steve Smith being refused air travel due to his wheelchair repair kit being a “security risk”, and Tanyalee Davis being removed from her disabled access seat on a train.
Facebook claims discrimination on Facebook “is strictly prohibited in its policies”. If this is true, Facebook’s actions are anti-Social, at best.
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