Airbnb has banned nearly 4,000 users from its platform, citing violations of the company’s policy against discrimination by users. Airbnb is an online marketplace that allows people to rent out their homes for temporary accommodation to travelers. The company operates in 191 countries including India.
Airbnb on Tuesday announced the annual Report issued, stating that the company removed nearly 4,000 accounts worldwide from its platform in 2022 for violating its non-discrimination policy. This policy prohibits Airbnb hosts from denying bookings or imposing different conditions on guests based on factors such as their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.
However, there has been a decrease in the number of such accounts as compared to last year. The report suggests that in 2021, Airbnb will non-discrimination policy 5,100 accounts for violating banned was.
There have been cases where hosts have declined bookings on the basis of caste or color of the people. To tackle this problem, in 2020, Airbnb started the ‘Project Lighthouse’ campaign, whose data is included in this report.
It has been explained in the report that due to this policy, there was a wide disparity between the guest considered black and the guest considered white. Last year, guests who perceived themselves as Black were confirmed to book their Airbnb of choice 91.4% of the time, compared to 94.1% for guests who perceived themselves as White. The booking success rate for Asians and Latinos was 93.4%. Other or unknown castes have been placed in the 93.2% category in the report.