July 20, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO – Stung by complaints of discrimination and racism among some of its hosts, Airbnb has hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to help it craft an anti-discrimination policy. The home rental company announced last month it would review all aspects of its platform with an eye to fighting bias and discrimination. Critics have said that by creating a digital space that allowed individuals to choose to whom they rent apartments and houses, Airbnb unwittingly enabled its hosts to act on their biases. A Harvard Business School study last year found widespread discrimination by Airbnb hosts. Renters who have said they were repeatedly turned down by hosts — a pattern that tended to reverse if they swapped their profile photo for one of a cityscape, for instance — have protested the racial discrimination under the hashtag #AirbnbWhileBlack….
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/07/20/airbnb-hires-former-us-attorney-general-eric-holder/87345836/