Airbnb is banning hate group members like the Proud Boys ahead of the presidential inauguration
Airbnbis banning all "hate group members" — including the Proud Boys— from its platform as a part of its newly announced "Capitol Safety Plan" ahead of the presidential inauguration.
- The company will be deleting accounts held by people who have been named by media or law enforcement as someone who committed a "violent criminal activity" at the historic
- Guests in the Washington, DC area who are a part of hate groups or "planning violence" may face legal repercussions from Airbnb.
This isn't the first time Airbnb has taken a stand against hate groups. Following the 2017 Charlottesville Unite the Right rally, Airbnb banned accounts from impending rally attendees looking to book a place to stay for the event, Gizmodo reported. Now, Airbnb is taking a page out of its own book by banning all members it identifies as belonging to a "hate group", specifically naming the Proud Boys, in advance of specific events like the Presidential Inauguration on January 20.Any platform members who have been cited by the media or law enforcement as Capitol siege attendees who partake in "violent criminal activity" or will also be banned, Airbnb said. The platform will also be checking arrest logs from the DC Metro Police from the day of the Capitol siege.
Anyone found who is a part of a hate group, planning violence, or violating the policies may face legal action from the company, Airbnb said.
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