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Facebook signs agreement to end discriminatory ad targeting

Facebook Inc has signed an agreement with the state of Washington to stop third-party advertisers in the United States from excluding protected groups from seeing their ads, the Washington State Attorney General said on Tuesday. Facebook confirmed the agreement with the state and said the announcement is part of a long process to ensure that tools used to target ads on the social network are safe, civil, and fair. “We’ve removed thousands of categories related to potentially sensitive personal attributes — like race,…