Does Airbnb Have A Racism Problem?June 1, 2016
It looks like Airbnb has a racism problem.
Twitter user @shanictaylor tweeted her friend's experience with a would-be host, who canceled a reservation because his guest would've been black.
This comes shortly after ShareBetter, a sharing economy activist group, released an ad highlighting Airbnb's apparent discrimination issues.
The claims are also supported by research.
A Harvard business school study found some Airbnb hosts are prone to discrimination when presented with stereotypical African-American names.
In this instance, Airbnb responded to the tweets, and it seems the host has been removed from the site.