New York real estate agents are increasingly becoming targets of online harassment.
The latest comes from an investigation into online abuse against agents in the United States.
The Federal Trade Commission is looking into complaints about an online harassment campaign against New York agents, including an account of an agent posting racist, sexist and homophobic slurs.
The complaint alleges that the agent’s post has been seen more than 4 million times, and has been shared more than 1,000 times.
The agent was named as Richard J. Bales, who worked for a real estate company that specializes in residential, commercial and multifamily properties.
The FTC complaint alleges Bales used the Twitter handle @agentbale and other social media accounts to harass New York and other stateside agents.
In addition to the tweets, the FTC alleges the account also shared photos and other materials about agents.
The agency’s complaint was filed in federal court in Manhattan.
Balss attorney, William W. Hahn, told the Associated Press that the complaints are being investigated.
Hahn said the complaint was “being investigated as a potential violation of the Fair Housing Act.”
“It is an allegation that we are investigating,” Hahn said.
The FBI is also investigating the matter.
The agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.