Washington Post: YouTube discriminates against LGBT content by unfairly culling it, suit alleges

Washington Post: YouTube discriminates against LGBT content by unfairly culling it, suit alleges. “A group of LGBT video creators is accusing YouTube of discrimination by suppressing their content, restricting their ability to sell advertising and culling their subscribers, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday evening against the video site and its parent, Google.”

Motherboard: Google Employee Alleges Discrimination Against Pregnant Women in Viral Memo

Motherboard: Google Employee Alleges Discrimination Against Pregnant Women in Viral Memo. “A memo written by a Google employee that accuses the company of discriminating and retaliating against her for being pregnant has been seen by more than 10,000 employees at the internet giant, Motherboard has learned.”

Columbia Business Law Review: Is Facebook on the Wrong Side of Civil Rights?

Columbia Business Law Review: Is Facebook on the Wrong Side of Civil Rights?. “Today, over 50 years since the Fair Housing Act of 1968 was enacted into law, the rise of sophisticated targeted digital advertising presents nuanced housing discrimination issues for our country and our tech giants like Facebook. In 2011, Facebook settled with the FTC on charges that it deceived its consumers and shared its users’ personal data with advertisers. Just last month, in March 2019, Facebook settled with the ACLU and other civil rights groups, to make ‘meaningful’ changes to its advertising platform in an effort to reduce advertising discrimination. Despite these Settlements, Facebook’s promises to fight discrimination continue to fall shockingly short.”

Harvard Business Review: All the Ways Hiring Algorithms Can Introduce Bias

Harvard Business Review: All the Ways Hiring Algorithms Can Introduce Bias. “Our analysis of predictive tools across the hiring process helps to clarify just what ‘hiring algorithms’ do, and where and how bias can enter into the process. Unfortunately, we found that most hiring algorithms will drift toward bias by default. While their potential to help reduce interpersonal bias shouldn’t be discounted, only tools that proactively tackle deeper disparities will offer any hope that predictive technology can help promote equity, rather than erode it.”

CNET: Google makes it simpler for employees to report harassment and discrimination

CNET: Google makes it simpler for employees to report harassment and discrimination. “Google on Thursday said it’s rolling out a new way for its employees to report issues of harassment and discrimination. The search giant said it created a dedicated site for raising those concerns, instead of multiple disparate channels. That site is available only for the search giant’s full-time employees, but the company said a similar site for contractors and temp workers will be available in June.”

Mother Jones: Activists Couldn’t Get Facebook to Tackle Its Discrimination Problem—Until the Russia Scandal Hit

Mother Jones: Activists Couldn’t Get Facebook to Tackle Its Discrimination Problem—Until the Russia Scandal Hit. “Famously launched from Zuckerberg’s Harvard dorm room in 2004, Facebook now has more users than Christianity has adherents. In 15 years of unregulated growth, it has become a place where companies can market fancy houses to white people and junk food to black children, where hate speech is amplified and the right to vote is suppressed. As the problems multiplied, some advocates and watchdogs came to believe that the repeated civil rights violations on the platform were rooted in a deliberate decision by Facebook to ignore evidence of advertising discrimination, voter suppression, and the proliferation of hate speech and extremism.”

The Verge: HUD reportedly also investigating Google and Twitter in housing discrimination probe

The Verge: HUD reportedly also investigating Google and Twitter in housing discrimination probe. “The US Department of Housing and Urban Development, which just filed housing discrimination charges against Facebook for its advertising policies, is reportedly scrutinizing Google and Twitter’s policies as well. The Washington Post writes that HUD officials told Twitter and Google about a probe into their advertising policies last year; a review is supposedly still ongoing.”