Facebook job ads raise concerns about age discrimination

Journalist typing on computer

Facebooked added that if used responsibly, age-based targeting is accepted practice and helps employers find the right kind of people.

However, California's Fair Employment and Housing Act make it unlawful to "aid, abet, incite, compel or coerce the doing" of discriminatory acts proscribed by the statute. San Francisco employment lawyer Cliff Palefsky, who isn't part of the CWA suit, said it's his opinion you don't even need to go as high as the national Employment Act to combat ageism.

The use of Facebook's system to show job opportunities to just a specific age group has many upset and raised concerns over fairness to the older workforce.

The investigation carried out by US-based non-profit organisation ProPublica and The New York Times has found that some of the biggest employers in the United States like Amazon, Verizon, Goldman Sachs, Target and Facebook itself put up recruitment ads that are limited to particular age groups. That's according to a new investigation by ProPublica and The New York Times that found that dozens of the nation's top employers - including Amazon, Verizon, Goldman Sachs, UPS, and Facebook - are using Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn to create recruitment ads that target only younger job seekers.

The lawsuit comes at a moment when Facebook and other technology giants are facing pressure to mitigate the negative social consequences of content posted on their platforms, particularly the impact of targeting ads.

ProPublica also collected the database of Facebook ads to find out how often and precisely employers recruited based on age. "What matters is that marketing is broadly based and inclusive, not simply focused on a particular age group". "We have corrected those ads", Nina Lindsey, an Amazon spokeswoman told ProPublica. After being contacted by ProPublica, LinkedIn changed its system to prevent such targeting in employment ads.

Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Are 'No Longer in a Relationship'
She has competed full time in the NASCAR Cup Series the last five years following a transition from IndyCar . He said after the press conference that he supported Patrick's decision to step away from racing.

Facebook isn't the only company offering these types of tools to recruiters.

Three plaintiffs have filed a class action lawsuit against T-Mobile, Amazon, Cox and dozens of other large USA employers, for allegedly excluding older workers from seeing job ads on Facebook's paid advertising platform.

Facebook's ability to drill down when targeting ads has shown to be too good in some instances. Numerous jobs advertised mentioned in the report could have easily been performed by a person of any working age, yet some of the ads were targeted at only the young.

Moreover, it is considered a crime in many U.S. jurisdictions to "aid" or "abet" age discrimination, a provision that could apply to companies like Facebook that distribute such age-based job ads. It's not hard to guess how Facebook's ad controls could be used to weed out other characteristics like race or gender or religion.

"Anyone can buy Teen Vogue and see an ad. Online, however, people outside the targeted age groups can be excluded in ways they will never learn about", the report said.



Latest news

NY home sales near record high in November
At November's sales pace, it would take a record low 3.4 months to exhaust the current inventory, down from 3.9 months in October. In Cumberland County, sales were up 7.98 percent to 1,164 and the median price rose as well by 5.45 percent to $279,450.

Five-star DE Micah Parsons chooses Penn State after Ohio State debacle
There are three five-stars total, which is a program record, and players at every position but defensive end and punter. Nebraska , Oklahoma, Alabama and Georgia were just a handful of suitors after Parsons' services on the recruiting trail.

Al Franken just finally announced when he will resign
Franken said before Wednesday that he would convey a progression of addresses on the Senate floor before he leaves the chamber. A special election will be held in Minnesota to permanently fill the seat timed to next year's midterm elections in November.

AT&T Is Giving Employees a $1000 Bonus to Celebrate the Tax Bill
"Every $1 billion in capital invested in the telecom industry creates about 7,000 jobs for American workers, research shows". An hour later, Fifth Third Bank announced that almost 3,000 workers will see their pay rise to $15 an hour.

Meghan Markle joins royal family for Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace
And although her name isn't known worldwide yet like, say, Dior or Alexander McQueen, that's not to say Dror's label is small. We know celebrities as glamorous people who leave glamorous lives, but many of them had a decidedly unglamorous start .

Coinbase looking into insider trading following Bitcoin Cash launch
While there's "no indication of any wrongdoing at this time", he said that "we will be conducting an investigation". This means that all the retail and professional traders registered on Coinbase can now trade directly in BCH.

Evan Longoria traded by Tampa Bay Rays to San Francisco Giants
However, there is a potential high reward which could return, Longoria is just one year removed from a 36-homer campaign. The Giants have been looking for right handed power and an everyday third baseman since the off-season began.

Fight over Justin Bieber puts Selena Gomez's mum in hospital
The celebrity gossip site reports that Teefy had an unpleasant talk with Gomez about her rekindled relationship with Bieber. Teefey went on, "Then, I came home to [her husband] Brian and [youngest daughter] Gracie to send our love to Scarlett ".

Facebook Transparency Report reveals government requests for data still increasing
Facebook had seen a big increase in the number of requests to stop people seeing content that broke local laws, said Mr Sonderby. Facebook stated the US government made more requests that demanded confidentiality than ever before on December 18.

Boy, 5, Calls 911 On The Grinch
TyLon, who wants to be a cop when he grows up, was able to help the officers find the "suspect", who officers took into custody. He then told the boy that when he is 21, to return to the police station and fill out a job application.

Virgin billionaire Richard Branson is taking up Hyperloop One chairman role
On Monday, the company also announced that Virgin Group founder Richard Branson would become the startup's chairman. Branson's company has invested a unknown sum in the company , which renamed itself Virgin Hyperloop One in October.

Kaspersky Labs Sues Trump Administration
It came amid mounting concern among USA officials that the software could enable Russian espionage and threaten national security. In a statement , the company complained that the move by DHS was unconstitutional and denied it due process.

NBC Is Looking To Revive The Office Next Year
It's always, 'Maybe someday, but not now.' There is certainly an open invitation, but we don't have anything happening right now. Jim Krasinski, Jenna Fischer , Rainn Wilson , and Mindy Kaling were among the show's stars.

Gas prices continue to decline in Chattanooga
So far this year, the highest average price in Florida was $2.73 on September 9 and the lowest was $2.13 on July 17. Statewide, prices at the pump averaged $2.38 on Sunday, down 3 cents over the week and the lowest since August 30.

Amtrak Train Derails on Highway Bridge in Washington State
Local officials had warned only weeks ago that the track still might not be safe enough to handle trains at higher speeds. The previous coastal route often encountered single-track tunnels that freight trains also shared, slowing down service.

Other news