In response to a data leak that revealed the identities and messaging history of white supremacists, Airbnb has decided to ban such users from its site. Airbnb’s security systems recently identified 60-plus account holders from Iron March, a far-right, white supremacist site. Their accounts were deleted in accordance with Airbnb’s zero-tolerance policy.
A spokesperson for the short-term rental giant labeled the step a “no-brainer,” reiterating Airbnb’s commitment to “continuously seeking to proactively identify those who could put our hosts and guests at risk.”
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky has previously stood in staunch opposition to white supremacy.
“The violence, racism and hatred demonstrated by neo-Nazis, the alt-right, and white supremacists should have no place in this world,” Chesky said in a statement according to The Verge in 2017.
Airbnb’s Community Commitment — a nondiscrimination policy that promotes for inclusiveness — was updated in 2016 to ensure fairness to all users.