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Airbnb offers free housing for refugees affected by Muslim travel ban

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Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky speaks onstage during “Introducing Trips” Reveal at Airbnb Open LA on November 17, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.Image: Getty Images for Airbnb UPDATE: Jan. 30, 2017, 5:02 p.m. AEDT On Sunday evening, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky launched a web page to help connect those affected by the Muslim travel ban with accommodation. Hosts can now register their interest in offering free housing to impacted refugees and immigrants. Airbnb said it will help those affected by Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban on Saturday, but is yet to share the fine print. The company’s cofounder and CEO Brian […]

New ad claims Airbnb is good for terrorists

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Image: Jeff Blackler/REX/Shutterstock The hotel industry is holding nothing back in its war against Airbnb. The Hotel Association of New York City has released an advertisement that ties Airbnb to terrorism, using the recent Manchester bombing to associate the rental business with ways for terrorists to find housing. Airbnb did not harbor any of the suspects around the bombing, though the company had initially been connected to an apartment that had been raided by police. That apartment turned out not to be an Airbnb, but rather a private room booked through another company. Still, the ad uses the Manchester bombing […]

Airbnb deletes accounts of neo-Nazis ahead of ‘Unite The Right’ rally

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Airbnb is actively deleting people from the site.Image: JENS KALAENE/PICTURE-ALLIANCE/DPA/AP IMAGES Airbnb isn’t letting neo-Nazis take advantage of its services, Gizmodo reported early Monday. SEE ALSO: What is an Airbnb ‘superhost’ exactly? It has to do with hospitality, not safety The home-sharing platform has deleted the accounts of suspected attendees of the United The Right, an event to be held in Charlottesville, Virginia this Saturday. The event is being organized by The Daily Stormer, a racist website. Gizmodo cited tweets about the issue that included screenshots of emails from Airbnb about the user’s account being in “violation of our Terms […]

Lawsuit over sexual assault calls for Airbnb to clarify what exactly a ‘superhost’ is

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The domain of the superhost.Image: Jeff Blackler/REX/Shutterstock A lawsuit in California this week claimed that Airbnb creates a “false sense of security” for its customersand one way it does that, the lawsuit contends, is through its superhosts. The woman who filed the lawsuit, Leslie Lapayowker, said she was sexually assaulted by a Los Angeles Airbnb host. As part of the lawsuit, she noted that her host was a “superhost”a designation granted by Airbnb to denote the very best of what the home-rental platform has to offer. “Thats why, she said, she was not concerned with booking the Los Angeles residence […]

Airbnb set to launch a premium tier to compete with hotels

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Airbnb wants to be more like the hotels it’s disrupting. The short-term home rental platform is getting ready to launch a premium tier of rentals that would compete more directly with hotels, according to a report in Bloomberg. SEE ALSO: How Airbnb plans to help refugees find shelter The service would match higher-paying guests with high-quality home rentals, checked by Airbnb’s very own inspectors. To pass inspection, Airbnb hosts would have to treat their listings like hotels and provide fancy towels and bed linens and travel-size shampoo and conditioner. They’d even have to keep the kitchen stocked with bottled water, […]