Airbnb cancels all DC bookings for inauguration week

NEW YORK (AP / KRON) – Airbnb has announced it will block and cancel all reservations in the Washington, DC area during Presidential Inauguration week.

The decision, announced Wednesday, was a response to various local, state and federal officials asking people not to travel to Washington, DC. guests associated with hate groups or violent activity.

The San Francisco-based home-sharing company said guests whose reservations have been canceled will be fully refunded. It will also reimburse hosts – at Airbnb’s expense – for any money they would have earned from those canceled reservations. He also said reservations to HotelTonight, an Airbnb-owned service that handles last-minute deals at top-rated hotels, will also be canceled.

Airbnb declined to say how many reservations were canceled.

“We are continuing our work to ensure that members of hate groups are not part of the Airbnb community,” the company said in a corporate blog.

Airbnb said it learned from media or law enforcement sources the names of those confirmed to be responsible for the criminal activity on the United States Capitol. And it is searched if the named individuals have an account on Airbnb. Through this work, he said he identified numerous individuals associated with known hate groups or otherwise involved in criminal activity on Capitol Hill, and they were banned from the Airbnb platform.

Airbnb has had a policy of removing guests confirmed to be members of hate groups since 2017, when it blocked guests attending a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The company also said Monday it would not make political donations to Republicans who voted against certification of election results last week. Airbnb has joined Marriott, AT&T, Walmart and others in taking this position.

Airbnb’s political action committee donated $ 866,519 to candidates and political parties during the 2020 election cycle, according to Open Secrets, which monitors campaign finance donations. Democratic President-elect Joe Biden has been the biggest recipient of Airbnb donations.

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