In anticipation of a white supremacist rally scheduled for this Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, Airbnb has started deactivating accounts of people it believes are booking units to host gatherings related to the rally.
The rally is going to be attended in part by staff from neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, which among other things has a section called “Jewish Problem” and frequently uses racial slurs. Airbnb suspects that several of its units were booked in relation to the gathering.
Airbnb said in a statement to BuzzFeed News it established community rules in 2016 that “make good on our mission of belonging” and that “those who are members of the Airbnb community accept people regardless of their race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age.”
The Airbnb Community Commitment is something signed by all people using the service, Airbnb said, and the company is removing people from the platform …