Fair Housing Update: Facebook and Citibank Address Discrimination Accusations

first_img Previous: What Makes Diversity in Mortgage Businesses Critical Next: Ocwen, Wells Fargo Suit Not Over Yet The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at [email protected] Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Fair Housing Update: Facebook and Citibank Address Discrimination Accusations About Author: Donna Joseph March 19, 2019 2,259 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Earlier in 2017, Facebook vowed to increase enforcement to prevent discriminatory advertising on the social media site. However, a study by ProPublica suggested that their enforcement efforts were not living up to those promises. ProPublica stated that Facebook ads exclude a wide variety of groups, including “African Americans, mothers of high school kids, people interested in wheelchair ramps, Jews, expats from Argentina, and Spanish speakers.”Citibank Fined for ViolationCitibank has been fined $25 million by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) for violating the Fair Housing Act. The OCC on Tuesday assessed the civil money penalty against Citibank on account of “certain control weaknesses related to its Relationship Loan Pricing (RLP) program designed to provide eligible mortgage loan customers either a credit to closing costs or an interest rate reduction.” The civil money penalty will be paid to the U.S. Treasury. The release by OCC also stated that as a result of these control weaknesses, some bank borrowers did not receive the RLP benefit for which they were eligible and were adversely affected on the basis of their race, color, national origin, or sex. Citibank has formulated a plan to reimburse all customers who did not receive the appropriate RLP benefit. Furthermore, to prevent future violations, the bank is taking corrective measures, according to OCC. Citibank will provide reimbursement to approximately 24,000 customers in the amount of approximately $24 million as a result of the bank’s failures and control weaknesses. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Fair Housing Update: Facebook and Citibank Address Discrimination Accusations Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Citibank facebook in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing transactions including print and online advertisement on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or familial status. As we prepare to celebrate Diversity Month this April—to encourage opportunities to include and appreciate different perspectives, cultures, and lifestyles—a pair of headlines today stand in contrast to remind us that many challenges still exist in this area. Facebook Announces Changes to Housing AdsAs reported by NPR, Facebook, after facing years of lawsuits on account of alleged discrimination by allowing advertisers to display their ads to a select few, has announced that changes in its ad platform will be implemented by the end of the year. DS News previously reported on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announcement that they were filing a formal complaint against Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act by allowing landlords and homesellers to use its advertising platform to engage in housing discrimination. HUD had claimed that Facebook enabled advertisers to control which users receive housing-related ads based upon the recipient’s race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, disability, and/or zip code. It further alleged that Facebook then invites advertisers to express unlawful preferences by offering discriminatory options, allowing them to effectively limit housing options for these protected classes under the guise of “targeted advertising.” According to NPR article, Facebook officials said “we can do better” and announced other ad changes would include:Anyone who wants to run housing, employment or credit ads will no longer be allowed to target by age, gender, or zip codeAdvertisers offering housing, employment, and credit opportunities will have a much smaller set of targeting categories to use in their campaigns overallWe’re building a tool so you can search for and view all current housing ads in the US targeted to different places across the country, regardless of whether the ads are shown to you Citibank facebook 2019-03-19 Donna Joseph Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

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St Hugh’s JCR votes for “the alpacas this college deserves”

first_imgSt Hugh’s College JCR voted this week in favour of a motion entitled “The alpacas this college deserves,” which proposed to investigate the purchase of a college alpaca.The motion, which passed by 26 votes to four, followed from the Hugh’s MCR welfare reps organising visits by alpacas to the college.The motion stated: “Everyone in college at the time [of the visit] enjoyed the alpacas immensely, as evidenced by the number of Facebook posts and Instagram photos,” as well as noting that “alpacas are fluffy and cute and adorable and basically represent everything good in this world”.The motion supported the idea of a pet alpaca on student welfare grounds, as “seeing them on a daily basis would significantly increase student welfare”.The motion resolved to “mandate the JCR Committee to look into getting an alpaca as a college pet”, and “to look into the practical elements and care required for having an alpaca permanently on college”.The JCR Committee will report on their findings at the next JCR Meeting.Deborah Walnicki, the MCR Welfare Rep who organised the alpaca visit, told Cherwell: “We were inspired by an event that took place in Michaelmas term… we were able to bring four halter-trained alpacas for four hours.“The event brought together the MCR, JCR, and college staff in a unique way. Furthermore, studies have shown therapeutic benefits associated with spending time outdoors, as well as interacting with animals.”Many colleges already have college pets, ranging from cats and dogs to tortoises, including Regents Park College’s pet tortoise Emmanuelle, who recently celebrated her 114th birthday.Corpus Christi College even has a Facebook page entitled ‘The Corpus Christi College Tortoise’ which describes itself as ‘The official page of Foxe, the tortoise of Corpus Christi’.JCR President Ana Pavlova told Cherwell: “The St Hugh’s JCR passed a motion mandating the JCR Committee to look into the practical aspects of getting two alpacas for the college. The motion was proposed following an MCR-organised welfare event with four alpacas which prompted an alpacalypse of photos with the hashtag “#hughsalpacas” on social media.”Pavlova added: “The JCR believes that getting two alpacas to reside in St Hugh’s on a permanent basis would greatly improve student welfare and we also have some ideas involving expanding the range of college stash to include some alpaca-fur jumpers.”last_img read more

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