Airbnb starts deactivating accounts of some people trying to attend “Unite the Right” rally Airbnb starts deactivating accounts of some people trying to attend “Unite the Right” rally

Airbnb starts deactivating accounts of some people trying to attend “Unite the Right” rally

In anticipation of a white supremacist rally scheduled for this Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, Airbnb has started deactivating accounts of people it believes are booking units to host gatherings related to the rally.

The rally is going to be attended in part by staff from neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, which among other things has a section called "Jewish Problem" and frequently uses racial slurs. Airbnb suspects that several of its units were booked in relation to the gathering.

Airbnb said in a statement to BuzzFeed News it established community rules in 2016 that "make good on our mission of belonging" and that "those who are members of the Airbnb community accept people regardless of their race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age."

The Airbnb Community Commitment is something signed by all people using the service, Airbnb said, and the company is removing people from the platform who are "antithetical" to this policy. They added that they are able to find these users who violate the policy "through our background check" and the "input of our community."

 
 

People online started noticing over the weekend that Airbnb users were being deactivated in anticipation of the rally.

Looks like Airbnb is permanently deactivating the account of anyone booking a room in Charlottesville if they think it's for the rally. Gay! pic.twitter.com/O1NTzwWpuu

 

Jason Kessler, a white supremacist helping to organize the rally, called on Twitter for a boycott of Airbnb because "we are having our civil rights violated."

"You see this thing going that's going on with Airbnb," said Kessler in a video. "Anybody who is not just in the alt-right, but who is conservative, right-wing or cares about civil liberties should start boycotting Airbnb. Airbnb are cancelling people's reservations to stay in Charlottesville ... based on political ideology."

 

Saturday's event is planned to be held in a park that was also the site of a torch-wielding rally in May, protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The park was named Lee Park, but in June its name was changed to Emancipation Park by the City Council.

Kessler has said the current rally is about supporting the Confederate monument, and that "any motion to force supporters from demonstrating in front of (it) is a deliberate infringement of our first amendment rights," according to WVIR.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says the Unite the Right rally is expected to draw hundreds of people from across the country who consider themselves part of the far-right spectrum, such as neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and Ku Klux Klan members.

“This is the biggest rally event we’ve had this millennium,” white nationalist Brad Griffin said on a radio show hosted by David Duke, the former KKK leader.

 
 
Members of the Ku Klux Klan wave flags as they hold a rally in Charlottesville on July 8, 2017 to protest the planned removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee.
 
Andrew Caballero-reynolds / AFP / Getty Images

Members of the Ku Klux Klan wave flags as they hold a rally in Charlottesville on July 8, 2017 to protest the planned removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee.

Despite backlash to the rally, and planned counterprotests, the neo-Nazi event reportedly does have a permit.

"We are trying to be really careful about this," Mayor Mike Signer said last Wednesday, after a long, closed-door meeting took place to look for ways to stop the event. At the time, the mayor and city council said there was nothing they could do to stop the rally.

On Monday, City Manager Maurice Jones said at a news conference they would grant Kessler the permit for his rally, but only if he would move it to McIntire Park. He said the decision came after Kessler indicated more than 400 people would be attending the rally, which was the estimated amount in his original permit application.

Signer also shared a statement on Facebook, saying he "wholeheartedly" supports the city manager's decision "because of the ballooning size of the event's attendance," and that he felt it balanced the right to free speech and public safety.

"Government has no more central duty than protecting life and property. Given the sheer numbers predicted, the City Manager is right to conclude that this event is incompatible with the dense and urban location of Emancipation Park, right next to our Downtown Mall," Signer said in his statement. "However, at McIntire Park, the voices of all can be heard in a way that's consistent with our duty to the public."

In response to the announcement, Kessler tweeted "Nothing will stop us."

 
 
Counter protestors gather during a Ku Klux Klan protest on July 8, 2017.
 
Chet Strange / Getty Images

Counter protestors gather during a Ku Klux Klan protest on July 8, 2017.

Airbnb has previously come under fire for its policies regarding racism, which led the company to update its guidelines and agree to allow government officials to investigate certain hosts who have been reported for discrimination.

 

Shared from: BuzzFeed

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter all the required information, indicated by an asterisk (*). HTML code is not allowed.

back to top

iScope

Boldstart Founder Launches Hyperledger Fabric's First Blockchain Accelerator

The founder of VC firm Boldstart Ventures is launching the first accelerator dedicated exclusively to startups building on the Hyperledger Fabric blockchain.

CNN launches daily news show on Snapchat

CNN on Monday began streaming "The Update," a daily show on Snapchat featuring at least five news stories each episode from reporters and bureaus around the world, to attract younger viewers.

Quora now launches retargeting for advertisers

Quora’s newly launched ads platform now supports retargeting ads on the question-and-answer network.

Facebook faces scare that teens are going to Snapchat and Instagram. Again.

 Now playing on the internet: the episode in which everyone freaks out that young people are abandoning Facebook in favor of hot new social media services like Snap and Instagram.

IBM partners with Walmart, Unilever, Nestlé, and other food giants, to apply blockchain tech to food supply chains

They will be aiming to use blockchains to maintain secure digital records and improve the traceability of their foodstuffs

Blockchain can make social networks more private — and profitable for you

Fact: You’re going to spend a total of five years of your life on social media. But- is blockchain answer to everything?

The HuffPost’s tabloid-style homepage is paying dividends

The move was designed to deliver what Polgreen described as “a visceral snapshot of the day.”

Dashbot’s codeless Twitter Integration is now live!

Integrate your DM bot without code and in 10 seconds.

50 Bitcoin Exchanges Have Filed with the Japanese Financial Authority

In April, the Japanese government amended its fund settlement law to recognize bitcoin as a legal means of payment

Billionaire Calvin Ayre Acquires Crypto Media Outlet Coingeek

  The plan is for Calvinayre.com to continue to cover Bitcoin news as it relates to the gaming industry

Asus Debuts Specialized Motherboard for Cryptocurrency Miners

"Cryptocurrency and blockchain are here to stay"

Chatbot That Helps Users Appeal Parking Tickets Comes To U.S.

A chatbot called DoNotPay that helps users appeal parking tickets for free in the U.K. is now available in the United States.

How TD Ameritrade tackles security in Facebook Messenger chatbot

Chatbot is designed to answer faster than a human could.

How Blockchain Is Monetizing User’s Experience and Skills

Generating value is the key concept sustaining the explosion of Blockchain offerings in 2017.

Bezos on Amazon’s AI and Machine Learning Strategy

[It's all about] enabling other organizations to leverage the game-changer that is machine learning.

Mongolia's Hottest New Social App Is All About Horses

Although cowboy culture is mostly nostalgia in the United States these days, many rural Mongolians still rely on their horses in daily life. In Mongolia, horsemanship is one of the most celebrated aspects of their culture, even on social media. "If we...

Startups could be key to fixing tech's diversity problem

Silicon Valley companies are learning a hard lesson: They can't escape their attitude problems.

Android Oreo released by Google

Google has released the latest version of its Android mobile operating system (OS), which will be named after Oreo chocolate biscuits.

How RBC is using a blockchain to overhaul its loyalty program

“We see loyalty as a great use case for blockchain to allow us to provide customers more real-time access to rewards points to provide an almost Starbucks-like experience.”

Why finance brands are so hot on content marketing

Content is one way to make people return to their site to see new updates, buy new products and invest more money.

Reddit now allows users to upload videos

Videos are coming to Reddit, thanks to a new feature that allows users to upload video clips directly to the service.

Sharp sues Hisense over a foreign “gag order”

Sharp, a Japanese electronics manufacturer, has filed a lawsuit challenging a foreign gag order that company lawyers say prevents Sharp from talking about its own brand.

How A Police Body Camera Company Is Becoming An Artificial Intelligence Company

Like most technology companies today, Axon’s goal is to collect data; the free body camera trial is just another avenue to generate and collect more of it.

Mic Lays Off Dozens Just a Week After Promising Not To

A number of online outlets, including Mashable, Vice, and MTV News, have recently slashed their writing staffs to focus on producing visual content

Kit Kat accused of copying Atari game

Kit Kat's maker Nestle has been accused of copying Breakout, the 1970s computer game, in a marketing campaign.

YouTube TV expands to 14 new markets

YouTube is broadening access to live TV streaming as younger viewers increasingly watch shows online and traditional broadcast networks grapple with aging demographics among viewers.

Hyundai looks to build a >300-mile-range electric car

More carmakers are looking toward electric vehicles as fuel cell falters

Why Bancor Wants To Become The YouTube Of Cryptocurrency

If Bancor overcomes the initial scandals (it shortchanges its users' by rounding token values) Bancor could reshape the cryptocurrency marketplace as we know it.

The best of Siri: 11 funny responses from the iPhone's virtual assistant

Since its launch in 2011, Siri has become increasingly intelligent, and can now hold basic two-way conversations with users.

How Yogscast built a media empire

The newer generation doesn’t want to be told how to do things, they want to see it.

Skype’s new look arrives on the desktop in preview form

The chat-focused update comes with new features for messaging and calls.

Subscribe to the Business Brief Newsletter

Get our complimentary briefing, featuring news & analysis of the business trends and practices.
Terms and Conditions