The logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York’s Times Square, Thursday, March 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The Trump Administration has joined a lawsuit filed by the National Fair Housing Alliance against Facebook. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook allows potential landlords to divert housing ads away from potential tenants based on their ZIP Code, religion, race, gender (no word if this was the two biological ones or the 71 Facebook’s SJWs have dreamed up), national origin, and disability. In addition, HUD has filed an administrative complaint against Facebook in regards to the same allegation.

The fact that the Administration took this action on Friday can’t be separated from President Trump’s Twitter barrage this morning vowing that conservatives will not be forced off social media platforms.

Rather than a HUD action, I think this is more properly viewed as a preview of how the Administration plans to handle the systemic punishment of conservative content by the social media platforms.

It is going to be difficult for Facebook to win this case because the advertising tool allowed people placing the ads to block people who liked Telemundo or had mentions of service dogs or mobility scooters or stay-at-home-Mom in their timeline. This is going to hurt Facebook’s brand and it will hurt them financially. It is also going to promote the image of social media platforms who think they are too big and too powerful to have to bother with obeying the law.

Over time, if the administration is diligent at all, they will be able to build a case that Justice can use to bring down the hammer. That probably won’t be necessary. The social media platforms like running their business without constant proctological exams by federal agencies. I suspect they’ll modify their behavior and stop letting the inmates run the asylum.

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