Airbnb Adopts Rules in Effort to Fight Discrimination by Its Hosts

September 8, 2016 5:15 PM

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Airbnb Adopts Rules in Effort to Fight Discrimination by Its Hosts

SAN FRANCISCO — Airbnb introduced several changes on Thursday to combat discrimination in its short-term rental policy, after facing months of criticism that its hosts are easily able to reject potential renters based on race, religion, gender, ethnicity, age or disability.

In a 32-page report, Airbnb, based in San Francisco, said that it would institute a new nondiscrimination policy that goes beyond what is outlined in several anti-discrimination laws and that it would ask all users to agree to a “community commitment” starting on Nov. 1. The commitment asks people t...

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