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Airbnb quietly uses social media to root out and ban extremists

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Trust and Security employees would not interact with others using fake accounts. They only look for public messages. Many Airbnb users link their accounts to Facebook, which could make it easier to kick out those with links to hate groups.

Airbnb has reportedly adopted such practices since the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. The company, which prohibits “violent racist groups” from using its services, has reportedly banned more than 100 accounts from people with links to hate groups.

The tastes of Twitter, Facebook and other platforms have kicked people linked to hate groups and those who post content related to QAnon out of their services in recent months. As such, Airbnb may have more difficulty using social media to monitor these people.

“When signals suggest that a member of a hate group is using Airbnb, we investigate and take appropriate action,” said Airbnb spokesperson Ben Breit. Information. “This information may reach us in many ways, including flags from members of our community, social media users, or newspaper articles.”


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