Attendees of white nationalist “Unite the Right” event are engaged in something “antithetical to the Airbnb Community Commitment.”
The online hospitality service Airbnb is back in the news for its commitment to being inclusive, but this time that commitment has taken the form of deleting accounts and canceling bookings of users they suspect of being connected to a political rally involving far-right, “pro-white” activists.
Attendees of the “Unite the Right” rally scheduled to be held in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, Airbnb told NBC News, are “pursuing behavior on the platform that would be antithetical to the Airbnb Community Commitment.” For this reason, their bookings have been canceled and their accounts deleted.
The “Community Commitment” is a pledge the company asks its users to take to treat all customer with “respect and without judgment”:
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, sexual orientation or age, with respect and without judgment or bias.
The company told NBC News that it was informed that some of its users were involved in an event which was organized by the white nationalist, anti-Semitic site The Daily Stormer.
“Concerned Airbnb users flagged the thread, leading the company to investigate potential violations of its user contract, which calls for unbiased hospitality,” NBC News reports. After its investigation, Airbnb removed those they believed were connected with the event, which is expected to include over a thousand people.