Story image

Airbnb enforces nondiscrimination commitment

31 Oct 2016

Airbnb is enforcing a Community Commitment agreement on its site, with those users not accepting the new standards no longer able to host of book using the site. 

Airbnb is an international online community that matches travellers with properties for rent that property owners list as available.

The agreement means users are committing to treat everyone, regardless of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or age, with respect, and without judgment or bias.

The new non-discrimination rules are in response to recent allegations of racism, with some users claiming the company was not handling complaints of racism well enough.

From November 1, users will be shown the commitment when they login or open the Airbnb website, mobile or tablet app. The site will automatically ask the user to accept the commitment.

If a user declines the commitment, they won’t be able to host or book using Airbnb, and will have the option to cancel their account. Once an account is cancelled, future booked trips will be cancelled. 

“Our community includes millions of people from virtually every country on the globe,” Airbnb says on its company blog. 

“It is an incredibly diverse community, drawing together individuals of different cultures, values, and norms.

“The Airbnb community is committed to building a world where people from every background feel welcome and respected, no matter how far they have travelled from home,” the company says.

“While we do not believe that one company can mandate harmony amongst all people, we do believe that the Airbnb community can promote empathy and understanding across all cultures. We are all committed to doing everything we can to help eliminate all forms of unlawful bias, discrimination, and intolerance from our platform.”

NVIDIA announces Jetson Nano: A US$99 tiny, yet mighty AI computer 
“Jetson Nano makes AI more accessible to everyone, and is supported by the same underlying architecture and software that powers the world's supercomputers.”
Slack doubles down on enterprise key management
EKM adds an extra layer of protection so customers can share conversations, files, and data while still meeting their own risk mitigation requirements.
NVIDIA introduces a new breed of high-performance workstations
“Data science is one of the fastest growing fields of computer science and impacts every industry."
Apple says its new iMacs are "pretty freaking powerful"
The company has chosen the tagline “Pretty. Freaking powerful” as the tagline – and it’s not too hard to see why.
NZ ISPs issue open letter to social media giants to discuss censorship
Content sharing platforms have a duty of care to proactively monitor for harmful content, act expeditiously to remove content which is flagged to them as illegal.
Partnership brings AI maths tutor to NZ schools
“AMY can understand why students make a mistake, and then teach them what they need straight away so they don't get stuck."
Polycom & Plantronics rebrand to Poly, a new UC powerhouse
The name change comes after last year’s Plantronics acquisition of Polycom, a deal that was worth US $2 billion.
Unencrypted Gearbest database leaves over 1.5mil shoppers’ records exposed
Depending on the countries and information requirements, the data could give hackers access to online government portals, banking apps, and health insurance records.