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.

Other social media users have shared similar experiences using the hashtag #AirbnbWhileBlack.

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.