Airbnb Taps Former Attorney General Eric Holder for Anti-Discrimination Team

Eric Holder attends the BET Honors 2016 Show at Warner Theatre March 5, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
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Airbnb has tapped former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for its anti-discrimination team as part of the company's response to #AirbnbWhileBlack, Time magazine reports.

In a statement released Wednesday, CEO Brian Chesky said that Holder will be helping to "craft a world-class anti-discrimination policy."


“While we have a policy that prohibits discrimination, we want this policy to be stronger. And we will require everyone who uses our platform to read and certify that they will follow this policy," Chesky wrote.

"I promise you that we have learned from the past and won’t repeat our prior mistakes and delays. I sincerely believe that this is the greatest challenge we face as a company. It cuts to the core of who we are and the values that we stand for," he added. "We will not simply 'address the issue' by doing the least required for liability and PR purposes. I want us to be smart and innovative and to create new tools to prevent discrimination and bias that can be shared across the industry."

As Time notes, the company launched a policy review in June after allegations of discrimination flowed in, with several people of color saying that they were denied accommodation based on their race.

“Airbnb is committed to building a community where everyone can belong, no matter who they are or what they look like,” Holder said in a statement, according to Business Insider. “I’m eager to help them craft policies that will be the model for companies who share Airbnb’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.”


Read more at Time magazine and Business Insider.

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