Facebook bows to WA state pressure to remove “discriminatory” ad filters

Enlarge / Over the past few years, Facebook’s heart-filled pleas to advertisers have received a few red Xs from critics—and WA state’s attorney general. (credit: Facebook / Sam Machkovech)

controversial advertising-filter system earlier this year, Washington state announced a firmer plan for the social media company on Tuesday.

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a legally binding plan that will force Facebook to “make significant changes to its advertising platform by removing the ability of third-party advertisers to exclude ethnic and religious minorities, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, and other protected groups from seeing their ads.”

Ferguson also declared the end of his office’s 20-month investigation into Facebook’s advertising practices on Tuesday, which coincided with an Assurance of Discontinuance (PDF) filed in King County Superior Court.

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