New York Governor Cuomo orders probe into Facebook advertising platform

FILE PHOTO: Stickers bearing the Facebook logo are pictured at Facebook Inc’s F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo

(Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday ordered a state agency to investigate certain reports that state-regulated advertisers were using Facebook Inc’s advertising platform in a discriminatory manner.

Cuomo cited reports which said the social network allows advertisers to modify or block ads using ZIP code information to exclude consumers based on race, color, national origin, religion, familial status, sex and disability, among other classifications.

Reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta

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