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Facebook says it will stop racial exclusion in certain ads

Facebook says it will stop racial exclusion in certain ads

Facebook Inc. will no longer allow advertisers to exclude entire ethnic groups from certain kinds of targeted ads, the company announced Friday, after concerns were raised that the practice led to racial discrimination.

Since 2014, the Menlo Park, Calif.-based social networking giant — which reaps its revenue from advertising — has offered a tool called “ethnic affinity,” which enables advertisers to choose which ethnic groups will and won’t be shown their ads. Users do not have to tell Facebook their ethnicity; instead, the tool puts users into ethnic categories based on their stated interests. 

The idea behind it, Facebook said, was to...

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