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Ben Carson mentioned you: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that it is charging Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act. According to the charges, Facebook’s ad delivery system discriminated against users by screening who can see ads for housing on its marketplace listings. The site gives advertisers—including lenders, real-estate agents, and landlords—the tools to target potential buyers or renters and block others based on specific characteristics.
The charges from HUD describe how that can translate into housing discrimination. One example in the complaint says users can block people from seeing housing listings if they’re categorized as “moms of grade school kids” or “foreigners,” or if their interests include “hijab fashion” or “service animals.” “Using a computer to limit a person’s housing choices can be just as discriminatory as slamming a door in someone’s face,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson in a statement. CityLab’s Kriston Capps has the story: Why HUD Charged Facebook with Discrimination
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It turns out the people who make the trains run on time are also the ones who decide what time it is. After years of discussion, the European Parliament voted to abolish daylight saving time in the European Union starting in 2021, but European nations’ transportation ministers are the ones who get the final say in the matter. Why them? Disagreements in time-keeping systems could cause headaches for train timetables, for instance, as well as planes that could pass through many countries even on a short flight. And in a largely borderless union where train stations, airports, and even transit networks serve more than one country, the potential for chaos from mismatched clocks is substantial. CityLab’s Feargus O’Sullivan has the story: Why Transport Ministers Get to Decide the Fate of Europe’s Clocks
What We’re Reading
What did California buy with its $1.4 billion in cap-and-trade money? (Grist)
New York chased the Olympics. It got the Shed instead. (New York Times)
Florida mayor Wayne Messam announces 2020 bid (Politico)
How Lyft survived a cutthroat money-raising battle with Uber (Wall Street Journal)