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As the anniversary of the violent rally in Charlottesville approaches, Airbnb is again users to remind everyone that a violation of the policy of non-discrimination is faced with a possible ban from the service.
“When we identify and determine that there are people who would pursuit of behavior on the Airbnb platform that would be perpendicular to the Airbnb Community Engagement, we strive to take appropriate measures, which may include the removal of the platform,” the company confirmed in a statement shared with Fox News.
“We have acted in advance of last year’s horrific event in Charlottesville, and as we become aware of such information, we will not hesitate to do so again.”
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The home-rental service strengthened its Community Commitment within the general terms and conditions, in which it is provided that the users agree to “treat everyone in the Airbnb community — regardless of their race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age with respect and without judgment or prejudice.”
The company made a similar announcement after 2017 violent rally in Charlottesville.
The company with the announcement came just a few days for a second “Unite the Right” rally will take place in Washington, D. C., and almost a year after the Charlottesville rally on Aug. 12, 2017, during which protesters — including white supremacists — gathered to protest against the removal of the Southern images.
The groups violently clashed with counterprotesters, and Antifa demonstrators, which led to the death of a counterprotester, and the injury of several others, when a car driven by James Alex Fields struck and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
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Airbnb made a similar announcement after the violent clash. A few days after the rally, Airbnb co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk told Bloomberg that the site was quietly dismissed white supremacists of the reservations, the week before, and began the removal of suspected white supremacists’ accounts after they were informed of the meeting.
“We create each of our users sign a pledge when they sign up that they do not discriminate and show hatred,” Blecharczyk told Bloomberg. “When we become aware of such examples, they are permanently banned from the platform.”
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In 2017, Airbnb had previously prohibited a former host, who refused to rent out a property in Big Bear, Calif., an Asian-American woman because of her race.
Christopher Nulty, an Airbnb spokesman of the host, called the actions “appalling and unacceptable.” The host also issued a $5,000 fine from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), making it the first fine to be issued to a user since the DFEH together with Airbnb in 2017.