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1/ New: Dozens of companies are targeting recruitment ads by age – and Facebook is letting them do it. In fact, Facebook is one of those companies.
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2/ Several experts questioned whether such targeting is in keeping with the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, which prohibits any discrimination in hiring or employment of people over the age of 40.
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3/ We found age-targeted employment ads from companies of many sizes, in many industries, and with many different kinds of jobs on offer. There were ads from telecommunications giants...
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4/ ...and tech startups…
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5/ ...and your favorite package delivery operation.
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6/ If you’re job hunting and you’re above a certain age, you wouldn’t have the seen many of the job opportunities we found advertised on Facebook. So we’ve posted them here for you, along with explanations from the companies themselves:
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7/ Here’s what Facebook said in response to our questions: “Used responsibly, age-based targeting for employment purposes is an accepted industry practice and for good reason: it helps employers recruit and people of all ages find work.”
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8/ This isn’t just a Facebook phenomenon. Other tech companies also offer employers an opportunity to discriminate through micro-targeting. We bought job ads on and that excluded audiences older than 40—and the ads were approved instantly.
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9/ After we brought our discriminatory ads to their attention, LinkedIn changed its advertising portal to prevent employers from using age-targeting features.
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10/ These findings came through a crowdsourcing project we think is more important than ever. Help us monitor more ads on Facebook by downloading our tool:
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11/ And if you’ve got experience with age discrimination? Please tell us about that here:
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12/12 We’ve got more reporting coming on all of these topics. Stay tuned:
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