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September 18, 2017 3:39 pm

Facebook Removes Option to Target ‘Jew Haters’ With Advertisements

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JNS.org – Facebook has disabled the ability for advertisers to target antisemitic interests on its platform following media inquiries that created controversy over the feature.

Before the feature was removed, Facebook advertisers were able to specifically target people interested in topics including “Jew haters,” “how to burn Jews,” and “history of why Jews ruin the world,” ProPublica reported last week.

“There are times where content is surfaced on our platform that violates our standards,” Rob Leathern, product management director at Facebook, told the outlet.

“In this case, we’ve removed the associated targeting fields in question,” he said. “We know we have more work to do, so we’re also building new guardrails in our product and review processes to prevent other issues like this from happening in the future.”

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