Reply to post: Re: A pox on people behaving sterotypically

Facebook ad platform discriminates all on its own, say boffins

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Re: A pox on people behaving sterotypically

Its bad because (or if) it's illegal. Just because its done by a computer program doesn't make it legal.. There are laws preventing discrimination.

Try this one. I'm a landlady of a B&B. I put a 'Vacancy' sign in my window. Twitching the lace curtains I see an El Reg reader walking up the drive. I flip the sign to 'No vacancy' purely because I don't like geeks. When they leave I replace the sign with 'Vacancy'. That's discrimination . If I geekily set up a camera and AI to automatically flip the sign if it spots a Reg reader (idk, beard with pizza crumbs, beer stained pullover, Psion organiser in top pocket - should be easy enough) i'm still the bigot - it's not the computer that gets prosecuted.

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