Airbnb Bans White Supremacists From Their Platform
By Stephanie Ogbogu
In an effort to make their platform safer and more accommodating for black travelers, Airbnb has taken steps to ban accounts belonging to white supremacists.
In 2016, Airbnb rolled out their Community Commitment, requiring all hosts and guests to declare that they would not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. They followed up on this by removing the accounts of those seeking bookings ahead of previous white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Tennessee, and most recently removed the account of former Canadian mayoral candidate and white nationalist, Faith Goldy.
In all, Airbnb has removed more than 60 accounts belonging to individuals identified through the Iron March data dump.
“This was a no-brainer – when we see people on our platform pursuing behavior antithetical to our Community Commitment, we take action to prioritize the safety of our community,” a representative for Airbnb said in a statement. “Through our trust and safety systems, we are continuously seeking to proactively identify those who could put our hosts and guests at risk. Anyone sympathetic to neo-Nazi ideology and violent extremism has absolutely no place on Airbnb, and our community is a better place without them.”