AirBnB has faced a ton of backlash this year, after a group of Harvard University researchers found that it was more difficult for some Black people to rent rooms through the site and an onslaught of users claimed they had been victims of blatant racism, recounting time and time again their unpleasant interactions with prejudice hosts. The home sharing company hired a team to update its policies while tackling race issues and in their latest effort to address the issues at hand, prompted users to either Accept or Decline an anti-discriminatory agreement upon logging in.
“We’re asking all hosts to confirm their commitment to welcoming guests of all backgrounds,” it reads.
“I agree to treat everyone in the Airbnb community – regardless of their race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age – with respect and without judgment or bias,” the statement continues.
It’s uncertain what happens when a user hits Decline, or how Airbnb plans to take action against users to Accept but don’t actually follow through on that promise.
In the meantime, definitely checkout Innclusive.com, a black owned Airbnb alternative conceptualized by Entrepreneur Rohan Gilkes.