Airbnb Tackles Negative Press With Diversity Push

Airbnb has been in the news a lot in the past few months and little of it has been good news. Last week, the company was in the news when an Airbnb host in North Carolina used racist language to tell a woman who had just booked a room she was not welcome because she was black. This was just the latest instance of discrimination by Airbnb hosts against African American travelers. The incidents have been so prevalent that the Twitter hashtag #AirbnbWhileBlack was created to document the events. A recent study by Harvard researchers found that Airbnb guests with distinctly African-American names were 16 percent less likely to be accepted by hosts as identical guests with distinctively white names. The company swiftly took action, hiring civil rights and equality…


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