Airbnb tackles racial discrimination

Allegations that Airbnb’s hosts discriminate against black people have dogged the home-sharing firm recently. A study by academics at Harvard found that guests with “distinctively African-American names” were less likely to be accepted by hosts than guests with identical profiles but with typically white names. Claims of racial discrimination have led to lawsuits and the creation of rival “inclusive” sites. In June, Airbnb launched a comprehensive review, led by Laura Murphy, who used to work for the American Civil Liberties Union. On September 8th, Ms Murphy’s team released its report, outlining…Continue reading

from Business and finance http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2016/09/room-inn?fsrc=rss

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