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Friday, September 9, 2016
"AIRBNB": POLITICALLY CORRECT COMMUNITARIAN RENTALS CAN BE NIGHTMARES~TRANSFORMING INTO A POLICE STATE TOOL TAKES AWAY PROPERTY RIGHTS IN THE NAME OF EQUALITY, LEAVES YOU VULNERABLE
COMMUNITY PROPERTY AT HOME COPIES GLOBALIST OPEN BORDERS PARADIGM
SOMETHING'S IN THE "AIR"; IF IT SMELLS LIKE A RAT, IT JUST MIGHT BE A RAT
CEO ISSUES VEILED THREAT TO MEMBERS
NOT TO DISCRIMINATE BY PRACTICING ALLEGED "RACIST MICRO-AGGRESSIONS"
BUT IF YOU CAN'T SCREEN TENANTS, AREN'T YOU ENDANGERING YOURSELF
AIRBNB'S NEW POLICY ABOUT BIAS & DISCRIMINATION IN RENTALS FOLLOWS
WHEN A "HOSPITALITY EXCHANGE SERVICE" BECOMES A POLICE STATE TOOL
WHEN YOUR PROPERTY, YOUR JOB, & YOUR RENTAL ARE NOT YOURS, BUT THE STATE'S
HERE IS THEIR RELEASE BASED ON FALSE PREMISES;
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
Dear Airbnb community,
At the heart of our mission is the idea that people are fundamentally good and every community is a place where you can belong. We don’t say this because it sounds nice. It’s the goal that everyone at Airbnb works towards every day – because we’ve all seen how when we live together, we better understand each other.
Discrimination is the opposite of belonging, and its existence on our platform jeopardizes this core mission. Bias and discrimination have no place on Airbnb, and we have zero tolerance for them. Unfortunately, we have been slow to address these problems, and for this I am sorry. I take responsibility for any pain or frustration this has caused members of our community. We will not only make this right; we will work to set an example that other companies can follow.
In June, we asked Laura Murphy, the former head of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington D.C. Legislative Office, to review every aspect of the Airbnb platform, and to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to fight bias and discrimination. Thanks to Laura’s leadership, today we’re releasing a report that outlines the results of that process. You can read the full report here, but I’d like to highlight four changes that will impact the way our platform works:
Airbnb Community Commitment
Beginning November 1, everyone who uses Airbnb must agree to a stronger, more detailed nondiscrimination policy. We aren’t just asking you to check a box associated with a long legal document. We’re asking everyone to agree to something we’re calling the Airbnb Community Commitment, which says:
We believe that no matter who you are, where you are from, or where you travel, you should be able to belong in the Airbnb community. By joining this community, you commit to treat all fellow members of this community, regardless of race, religion, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or age, with respect, and without judgment or bias.
We’ll be implementing a new policy called Open Doors. Starting October 1st, if a Guest anywhere in the world feels like they have been discriminated against in violation of our policy – in trying to book a listing, having a booking canceled, or in any other interaction with a host – we will find that Guest a similar place to stay if one is available on Airbnb, or if not, we will find them an alternative accommodation elsewhere. This program will also apply retroactively to any Guest who reported discrimination prior to today. All of these Guests will be offered booking assistance for their next trip.
We’ll increase the availability of Instant Book, which allows our hosts to offer their homes to be booked immediately without their prior approval of a specific guest. Instant Book makes booking easier for everyone, and our goal is to have 1 million listings bookable via Instant Book by January 1st, 2017.
We are working with experts on bias, including Dr. Robert Livingston of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Dr. Peter Glick of Lawrence University, to make anti-bias training available to our community, and will be publicly acknowledging those who complete it.
These steps are just the beginning, not the end, of our efforts to combat bias and discrimination.
While we as a company have been slow on this issue, I am now asking you the community to help us lead the way forward. Every time you make someone else feel like they belong, that person feels accepted and safe to be themselves. While this may sound like a small act of kindness, we are a community of millions of people strong. Imagine what we can do together.
EXCERPTS: Company calls discrimination ‘the greatest challenge we face’ and has come under fire in recent months for users experiencing racial bias on the platform. Airbnb has hired former US attorney generalEric Holderto help address racism and other forms of discrimination on its short-term rental platform, the company announced Wednesday.
In ablogpost, CEO Brian Chesky called discrimination “the greatest challenge we face as a company” and conceded that he and his cofounders were not “fully conscious of this issue when we designed the platform” and that “there have at times been a lack of urgency to work on this”.
Holder said in a statement: “I’m looking forward to working with Airbnb to develop and implement a world-class anti-discrimination policy. I’m eager to help them craft policies that will be the model for companies who share Airbnb’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.”
Airbnb has come under fire in recent months as users have spoken out about their experiences of discrimination on the platform, including black users who shared their struggles to find rentals using the hashtag #AirbnbWhileBlack and atransgender woman who revealed that she had been rejected by one of the company’s “superhosts”.
A 2015 study by Harvard Business School researchers found evidence of “widespread discrimination against African-American guests” on the platform.
Federal civil rights law bars hotels and other public accommodations from discriminating against customers on the basis of race, but it is as yet unclear whether those rules apply to Airbnb and other short-term rental companies that do not operate lodgings themselves.
Airbnb’s current policy tells hosts that they are required to comply with local laws, including, in the US, federal anti-discrimination laws. When the new policy is in place, Chesky said, hosts will be required to “read and certify” that they will comply.
In addition to potential legal liability, Airbnb has faced market pressure over discrimination. Black entrepreneurs recently founded two startups, Noirbnb and Innclusive, that would cater to people of color and other travelers who might face discrimination on Airbnb.