Airbnb takes action against racism

Airbnb takes action against racism

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Airbnb is taking various measures to address racism and other forms of discrimination are woningverhuursite.

The company brings in Thursday with a report (pdf) to the outside where the measures from the cloths to be done.

Airbnb hit earlier this year discredited because many tenants on the basis of their race would have been refused by landlords. According to a study by Harvard, people with “clearly African-American names are” 16 percent more likely to be denied.

The service did recently, Eric Holder, the former Us minister of Justice, to tackle the problem.


From november, all Airbnb-users, an agreement to accept, in which they propose is not a discriminatory act to co-users.

In addition is the ‘instant booking’feature, which the books of a house without contact with the landlord, become more prominent. There will also be a special team that will help in cases of discrimination.

Further experiments with the less prominent of the profile pictures. This must also ensure that landlords are less quick to judge based on appearance.

Airbnb also wants internal reforms to racism to avoid: all employees get a special training and in the adoption of high directors will expressly be sought to women and ethnic minorities.

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