Facebook approved paid ads targeting 'Jew haters', investigation finds

Facebook approved paid ads targeting 'Jew haters', investigation finds

ProPublica then performed a test, paying $30 to target the users that had liked these anti-Semitic topics. Facebook reportedly approved the three ads within 15 minutes.

In a statement, Rob Leathern, product management director at Facebook, said the company was working to create "guardrails" that would prevent this from happening in the future.

"There are times where content is surfaced on our platform that violates our standards".

It said it would also prevent advertisers from targeting users based on their education or employment profiles "until we have the right processes in place".

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Facebook has since shut down these fake accounts, but not before they were able to post around 3000 adverts. At the very least, when categories are potentially sensitive, dealing with personal data like religion, politics, and sexuality, one would think they would be verified by humans before being offered up to would-be advertisers. And, because of Facebook's access to that data, it has made an huge sum of money selling ads to advertisers who want to reach not only 18- to 34-year-olds in the United States, but 18- to 34-year-olds in the United States who are in a new relationship and also in the military. ProPublica was unable to find analogous ad categories of different religions.

ProPublic says it could address 2,300 users.

The social network said Friday it had "immediately removed" the anti-Semitic advertising categories after ProPublica's report. These two groups had a combined audience of nearly 6000 users. The categories, which are generated algorithmically from what users share about themselves on Facebook, and what their online activity conveys about them, have caused some problems for Facebook before.

The organization highlights that Facebook manages its ad business through automation, meaning that algorithms take care of everything they can possibly take care of.

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Journalists even showed how Facebook suggested how to expand the target group, such as by increasing the audience to those who "like" guns rights.

An employee told ProPublica that the worrisome targeting categories were rarely used and a spokesperson said that they have been removed. Facebook was also recently criticized for allowing hate groups like neo-Nazis to thrive on its platform. Both the social network and the advertising platform will have to deal with this more head-on going forward.

Photo Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, in April.

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