Published: Sun, April 01, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Three Facebook Messenger app users file lawsuit over privacy

Three Facebook Messenger app users file lawsuit over privacy

Facebook says they do this so Android users can find people more easily, but, they don't explain why they take the extra step of saving the data on their servers.

"There is absolutely no place for discrimination on Facebook", the company said, declaring that the lawsuit has no merit.

If you read those statements, nowhere does it explain why Facebook needs access to your metadata, rather than just your contacts. The firm, reportedly, had a role in Trump's victory in United States elections 2016. However, the company's approval process didn't seem to be effective in case of Cambridge Analytica who had its hand over the data of million users.

"We want the court to order Facebook to develop a plan to remove any ability for advertisers to access Facebook's checklists for excluding groups of people in the posting of housing-related ads", said Diane L. Houk, a lawyer for of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady.

"Facebook has known for years that its advertising platform violates civil rights laws, but it has refused to change its ways on a voluntary basis", Diane L. Houk, one of the attorneys representing the housing groups, said in a statement. They could also opt to exclude people with certain interests, including disabled veterans, disabled parking permits, or learning English as a second language.

Facebook claims that they do not leak data to third-party and keep the data secure.

Rather than answer the underlying question - why does Facebook need to know this about me?! - the company is trying to reframe this scandal on terms that it can win.

Fair housing advocates have sued Facebook, saying it lets landlords and real estate brokers target advertising to discriminate against families with children, women and others.

"Because of Facebook's impact on the housing market, we'll ask the court to implement a plan of community education and outreach to housing providers to inform them of their obligation not to discriminate". The non-profit media outlet ProPublica was able to buy dozens of home rental ads targeted toward audiences that specifically excluded "African Americans, mothers of high school kids, people interested in wheelchair ramps, Jews, expats from Argentina and Spanish speakers", it reported at the time.

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