Airbnb CEO Chesky vows site overhaul with racism in mind

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky opens the company’s Open Air tech conference by addressing the recent racist incidents that have plagued the site.(Photo: Marco della Cava, USA TODAY) SAN FRANCISCO – Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky opened the company’s Open Air technical conference Wednesday by addressing recent racist incidents that have taken place on the $25-billion company’s home sharing site. Beyond expressing outrage at the incidents that have impacted African-Americans and transgender guests, Chesky said the company plans to pursue technological innovations to guard against future discriminatory events. He did not get specific about what they would be. “There’s been a lot of news about prejudice and bias on our platform, and this is a huge issue for us,” said Chesky in a brief statement before handing the microphone to vice president of…


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