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Airbnb will host a DNC event with BET while battling discrimination controversy.


Airbnb is in the throes of discrimination accusations by black users, popularized by the #AirbnbWhileBlack hashtag. So, in what appears to be an attempt to improve the narrative about the successful vacation rental startup, they are hosting an event with BET on civil rights during the DNC. From BuzzFeed:

Airbnb told BuzzFeed News the idea of co-hosting an event with BET has been in the works for seven months. A spokesperson for BET said “there is a lot of synergy between both companies” and said they’ve been discussing the idea since 2012. It’s opportune timing.

The media event comes just days after the company hired former US Attorney General Eric Holder to help it address discrimination on its platform, and follows weeks of turmoil. In May, a black man who says Airbnb violated the Fair Housing Act by failing to protect him from discrimination filed a class action lawsuit. Since then, a group of senators cited discrimination among the reasons the FTC should investigate Airbnb. The issue also raised the ire of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Airbnb discrimination tends to show up via subtle behavior in its users, like when hosts offer vague rejections of otherwise qualified applicants, who for whatever reason, tend to be black. It remains to be seen if Airbnb’s hiring of Holder and participation in civil rights discussions leads to organizational change.

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