A school colour coding system intended to help customers searching for property on Zillow identify the best school zones in the US, has been removed after the website received media criticism, Inman reports.
Zillow Group, who also owns real estate listing site Trulia.com, has taken a down its traffic light colour system to assist users to find the best schools, after the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) started investigating whether school and crime ratings was steering homebuyers away from communities with high concentrations of minorities.
The site rated school zones, red, green and yellow to indicate stop, go and caution so customers could take in a school's rating while looking to purchase a house in a particular area.
Spokesman for Zillow, Amanda Woolley, said omitting the coding system was a way to better implement and "reflect the site's branding." She also added that GreatSchools - the provider of the school ratings that appear on Zillow and Trulia - alone do not define school quality.