Google to prohibit demographic, zip code targeting for housing, employment, credit ads
The update will roll out in the U.S. and Canada this year.
Google is updating its advertising policies around housing, employment and credit opportunities, the company announced Thursday.
New policy. Employment, housing and credit advertisers will no longer be permitted to target or exclude their ads being from being shown based on demographics — gender, age, parental status, marital status — or zip code.
This adds on to existing policies that prohibit targeting based on race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.
Timing. The new policy will roll out in the U.S. and Canada “as soon as possible” and by the end of the year at the latest.
Affected advertisers will be notified about the potential impact on their campaigns in the coming weeks.
Why we care. This change comes with a backdrop of a coronavirus-induced recession that is disproportionately affecting minority communities and mounting calls for action to address systemic racism by the Black Lives Matter movement. Google says it has “been working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on these changes for some time.”
Facebook updated its ad policies to prohibit age, gender and zip code targeting for housing, employment and credit ads more than a year ago in March 2019.
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