Friday, June 10, 2016

AIRBNB WANTS PEOPLE TO KNOW THEY ARE SERIOUS ABOUT CURBING RACISM - NEWSWEEK

by Seung Lee
Originally published: June 8, 2016
Publisher: Newsweek.com 

Following a week of weathering unrelenting criticism on social media after incidents of racial discrimination from its hosts surfaced online, Airbnb went on a charm offensive on Wednesday, repeatedly stating the short-term rental company has no tolerance for discrimination.

At its annual OpenAir developers conference in San Francisco, Airbnb emphasized its commitment to diversity and tolerance of all ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations when it comes to the right to rent. CEO Brian Chesky opened the event by saying, “Let me make it clear that we have zero tolerance for any amount of racism or discrimination on our platform." 

Chesky pledged an “end-to-end” review of the site’s design over the next few months to create a more inclusive platform, which may include feedback from victims of discrimination.