Airbnb bans listings where slaves lived or worked
Airbnb will no longer allow people to rent homes where slaves previously lived or worked, in line with the company’s new anti-discrimination policy.
The platform’s policy, which provided an update on its “Working to fight discrimination and build inclusion,” follows backlash Airbnb received in July over a listing of “destination cabins.” ‘slaves of the 1830s’ gone viral. ICT Tac.
In a section titled “Prohibition of the glorification and commercialization of slavery,” the company states that in July 2022, it “took a series of steps to address the list of properties in the United States known to include d ‘former slave houses’ that “have no place on Airbnb.”
The online marketplace, which makes it easy to rent short-term accommodation and apartments, immediately removed listings that included former slave homes and began working with experts such as the Historic Preservation Architect Jobie Hill “to address other United States-based properties and experiences associated with slavery.”
The new policy prohibits “the listing of any house or other structure on a former plantation where slaves lived or worked, if structures that existed at the time of slavery are still present on the property”, prohibits “any structure specifically designed only to house enslaved people and which housed enslaved people (“slave houses”)” and prohibits “the promotion of slavery-related features as a selling point of a stay”.
Airbnb said it was implementing the new policies and evaluating which listings might be affected.
“We also recognize that experiences on our platform can provide important educational context, and when undertaken with reputable partners and experts, we will allow the listing of certain educational tours of slave homes, former slave plantations and other slavery-related sites in the United States,” the policy added. “We continue to work with established experts to develop the necessary criteria for educational experiences related to slavery.”
Airbnb removed about 30 listings and experiences in violation of policy, Airbnb spokesperson Ben Breit told BuzzFeed News.
The virus ICT Tacposted by attorney Wynton Yates, described the listing as “not acceptable at all”, asking how it is acceptable to rent “a place where human beings were kept as slaves” as a bed and breakfast.
The property, called “Panther Burn Cottage” on the Belmont Plantation, was described in the listing as “an 1830s slave cabin” that “was also used as a tenant sharecroppers cabin,” according to the TikTok.
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