Facebook hit with housing discrimination charge by US government

first_img Facebook said it has been trying to work with HUD to prevent discrimination.”While we were eager to find a solution, HUD insisted on access to sensitive information — like user data — without adequate safeguards. We’re disappointed by today’s developments, but we’ll continue working with civil rights experts on these issues,” a company spokesperson said in an emailed statement.The social media giant also said that it had reached “historic agreements” with the National Fair Housing Alliance, the ACLU and other advocacy groups on changes to its advertising system. The charge marks the latest incident that calls into question how Facebook conducts its business. It’s been under fire over how it collects user data for the past year.Here is HUD’s filing: Tags 13 1:31 “Facebook is discriminating against people based upon who they are and where they live,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson says. Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images The US Department of Housing and Urban Development charged Facebook on Thursday with allegedly violating the Fair Housing Act through targeted ads.The charge follows an August 2018 complaint that alleged the social network lets landlords and home sellers engage in housing discrimination through advertising that can exclude people based on race, national origin, religion, gender or disability.”Facebook is discriminating against people based upon who they are and where they live,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a statement. “Using a computer to limit a person’s housing choices can be just as discriminatory as slamming a door in someone’s face.”The initial complaint came after a ProPublica investigation in 2016 showed that housing advertisements could be targeted at and away from specific groups. ProPublica followed up a year later, showing that the targeting hadn’t stopped.According to HUD’s lawsuit, Facebook allowed advertisers to exclude people who were born outside the US, non-Christians, interested in accessibility issues or interested in Latino culture. HUD also accuses Facebook of allowing advertisers to exclude people based on their neighborhoods or whether they have children.”Even as we confront new technologies, the fair housing laws enacted over half a century ago remain clear — discrimination in housing-related advertising is against the law,” HUD general counsel Paul Compton said in a statement. “Just because a process to deliver advertising is opaque and complex doesn’t mean that it exempts Facebook and others from our scrutiny and the law of the land.” Now playing: Watch this: Share your voicecenter_img See how much time you’re wasting on Facebook Comments First published at 5:11 a.m. PT.Updates, 6:16 a.m. and 7:45 a.m.: Adds more details, Facebook’s comment and HUD’s filing. Internet Services Politics Facebooklast_img read more

UKs turn to trial driverless car

first_imgUK’s turn to trial driverless car114 viewsUK’s turn to trial driverless car114 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00UK’s turn to trial driverless car114 viewsBusinessDriverless cars are one step getting closer to hitting the roads in the UK. A government-backed project on Wednesday unveiling a pair of prototype vehicles. One is already ferrying passengers aroundVentuno Web Player 4.50Driverless cars are one step getting closer to hitting the roads in the UK. A government-backed project on Wednesday unveiling a pair of prototype vehicles. One is already ferrying passengers aroundlast_img read more

Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar due today

first_imgIndian external affairs minister S JaishankarIndian external affairs minister S Jaishankar is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today (Monday) on a three-day official visit.Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen will receive his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar at the VIP Lounge of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 9.20pm today, ministry sources said.According to the foreign ministry, the Indian external affairs minister will visit the Bangabandhu Museum on Dhanmondi Road No. 32 in the morning of 20 August to pay respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.Both AK Abdul Momen and S Jaishankar will hold a bilateral meeting at the State Guest House Jamuna at 11am on the same day.S Jaishankar is scheduled to call on prime minister Sheikh Hasina on the day.Earlier on 29 July, Momen said Jaishankar’s visit will be a courtesy trip. He said his Indian counterpart accepted his invitation to visit Bangladesh.Bangladesh high commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali called on the Indian foreign minister in New Delhi in July and conveyed him the Bangladesh foreign minister’s invitation to visit Bangladesh.In June Momen invited Jaishankar when he held first meeting with his new Indian counterpart on the sidelines of the 5th Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).During that meeting, Jaishankar assured that he would visit Bangladesh at his convenient time.It will be the S Jaishankar’s first Bangladesh visit after taking oath to office in Narendra Modi’s cabinet on 30 May.S Jaishankar, a career diplomat, served as India’s foreign secretary from January 2015 to January 2018.The 64-year-old had joined the Indian foreign service in 1977 and had stints as the high commissioner to Singapore and the ambassador to China and the US.He is credited for helping resolve the Doklam stand-off through negotiations with China. Earlier in 2007, he played a key role in negotiating the Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement that was signed by the UPA government.After his retirements from the Indian foreign services in 2018, he had taken over as the Tata Group’s president of Global Corporate Affairs.S Jaishankar was honoured with the Padma Shri award by president Ram Nath Kovind in March this year.last_img read more

For the sheer love of fashion and travel

first_img‘Once upon a Time in Aqua’ – summer festive fashion presentation depicting designer Pranay Baidya’s love for fashion and travel, was held in Kolkata on February 13.The showcase was organised in association with The Park, in the presence of eminent personalities like Tiffany Anderson, Chinni Dragon, Diana Trellor, Corina Poppa, Alexey Idamkin, Fabrice Placon, Jürgen Thomas, Micheal Fiener, Carmen Espinoza, Venus Asawapoom, Dhruv Bhalla, Pradeep Khemka, Nayantara Pal Chowdhury, Nilanjana and Srinjoy Bose, Nilufer Archmant, Shaheb Bhattacherjee, and Koneenica Banshyopadhayay. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”My wanderlust and gypsy-soul has always inspired the fashion I craft,” said Pranay while speaking on the occasion. In keeping with iconic love stories, the presentation was divided into three dedicated chapters. First one titled ‘From Bankura to Sicily’ had textiles which were lovingly hand printed by skilled artisans offering an alternative to mass produced fast fashion. Also, it aimed at keeping alive the dying art of hand block and silk screen printing in this age of digital printing. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe capsule collection featured a bohemian mix of shirt dresses, ruffled maxi dresses and tunics in Sicilian hues of pistachio green, blossom pink, lemon yellow, grotto blue, coral red and marsala. ‘Wanderlust’ Mens Celebration wear – A range of contemporary ethnic-wear separates celebrating equal love, and the belief that in the end love always wins. “The idea is to curate a collection which is impactful yet easy to wear and sparks a dialogue,” mentioned the designer. ‘Inspired by India’ – Womens and Men’s Celebration wear was the third chapter showcasing artisanal printmaking on the lehengas, skirts, sarees and menswear, inspired by mughal miniatures and their exquisite filigree architecture. The showstoppers, Mrs India International Richa Sharma dazzled in an intricately embroidered nude peach Mughal garden inspired organza Lehenga and Amrapali Jewels. Ace directors Nandita Roy was a vision of elegance in a tussar-georgette Benarasi Saree with intricate Pasha motifs woven in Antique gold thread, and Shiboprasad Mukherjee in a Royal Blue Chanderi embroidered kurta ensemble stole all the limelight. The evening witnessed Aqua at The Park transformed into a multilevel destination with models sashaying up to the glass facades encompassing the poolside, brilliantly curated by choreographer and makeup artist Rajat – Kaushik.last_img read more