Facebook bans ads targeting race, sexual orientation, and religion
Facebook and Instagram are preventing advertisers from targeting users based on sexual orientation, religion, and political beliefs.
Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, said it is removing targeting options that let advertisers seek users based on their interactions with causes, organisations, or public figures.
These changes will come into effect in January 2022.
Meta acknowledged that this may impact political groups and campaigning organisers, who might use Facebook for fundraising purposes.
This follows scrutiny of Meta over its record of user safety issues raised by whistle-blower Frances Haugen, who has released thousands of internal company documents referred to as the ‘Facebook Files’.