Web sites should police real estate advertising

Perspective: Cost no excuse for noncompliance with fair housing laws

Most newspaper publishers won’t accept advertisements for rental or for-sale housing that they’ve deemed likely to be discriminating toward certain classes of people. Yet Web sites that publish such advertisements irresponsibly have failed to adopt similarly policies and practices.

These Web sites should be held to the same legal requirements as their print competitors. The Fair Housing Act and the Web sites’ professional and moral obligations to their readers dictate no less than full compliance.