Home-sharing startup Airbnb is requiring all users sign to a “Community Commitment,” an attempt to foster a more inclusive community following months of scrutiny and allegations of racism. Sent to all Airbnb users via email, the commitment seeks to battle the allegation that pre-existing policies allow hosts to tacitly discriminate against potential renters, either by declining guests based on profile photos or for having “black” sounding names.

 

The commitment requires all Airbnb users to “treat everyone in the Airbnb community—regardless of their race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age—with respect, and without judgment or bias.” Per Airbnb’s anti-discrimination report released in early September, hosts who decline to adhere to this commitment are barred from using the service altogether.

 

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