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The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Facebook alleging the social media giant lets landlords and real estate brokers prevent certain groups - including women, minorities, and disabled veterans - from seeing advertisements of homes for sale or rent. CityLab reports:

“Facebook’s platform is the virtual equivalent of posting a for-rent sign that says No Families with Young Kids or No Women, but it does so in an insidious and stealth manner so that people have no clue they have been excluded on the basis of family status or sex,’” said Fred Freiberg, executive director of the New York-based Fair Housing Justice Center, in a statement released by NFHA.

The NFHA complaint asks the court to block Facebook from allowing users to post ads in this manner. In a statement responding to the allegations, Facebook said “There is absolutely no place for discrimination on Facebook. We believe this lawsuit is without merit, and we will defend ourselves vigorously.”

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