AirBnB Racism Facilitated by Social Media
By Wm. May
Published: 06/01/16 Topics: Comments:
AirBnB is being unfairly criticized due to the socialism that some hosts have exhibited.
They have implemented a number of rules, regulations and oversight in hopes of stamping out unfair rejection of prospective guests. But it does not fully address the problem.
The Phenomena is caused by one of the very precepts on which AirBnB is founded.
Surely, building familiarity with guests and hosts is a good thing. The world needs more communication and personal interaction. But the very act of showing a photograph of every host gives racists the key to shunning people they don’t like.
Reverse racism also exists but who knows to what degree. Surely some guests avoid staying with people whose race is different than their own, and also detectable by the photos.
Several websites competitive to AirBnB have popped up offering a platform that is safer for minorities. Innclusive.com in particular seeks to solve the problem, but they too ignore the obvious. Posting host and guest photos allows racism to take place on their website also.
So if AirBnB was serious about racism they would simply remove the photos from host and guest profiles. Of course, that would likely decrease the number of bookings because it would indeed be less personable.
Don't hold your breath waiting for AirBnB to walk the walk on this one. It is controlled by powerful venture capitalists all whose primary intent is maximum revenue, hoping for profit and looking for a giant payout when AirBnB finally goes public.
Avoiding racism isn't at the top of their list. Money is.
Author: Wm. May – Director, VRIA, Vacation Rental Association
Blog #: 0508 – 06/01/16
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