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Airbnb Purges More Than Half of Its Boston Listings

Airbnb Purges More Than Half of Its Boston Listings

Airbnb Sunday deactivated thousands of listings in Boston to comply with a new city law, shrinking its footprint in the area significantly. Most of the listings advertised on the platform in Boston the week prior violated local rules, which require, among other things, that short-term rental hosts register with the city before appearing on sites…
Airbnb COO Belinda Johnson is leaving the company next year

Airbnb COO Belinda Johnson is leaving the company next year

Airbnb COO Belinda Johnson notified employees of her impending departure next March, CNBC first reported. Airbnb has since confirmed the news, saying Johnson will remain involved with the company on its board of directors. Her last day as COO will be March 1, 2020. News of Johnson stepping down comes as Airbnb gears up to…
How Airbnb handles discrimination claims

How Airbnb handles discrimination claims

When disability rights lawyer Haben Girma, who is blind and deaf, booked an apartment in London via Airbnb last month, she says the host cancelled her reservation after she disclosed that her guide dog would be joining her. Prior to the cancellation, Girma and the host, Kirk Truman, had a lengthy exchange over the course…
Airbnb will add more oversight to its Experiences program

Airbnb will add more oversight to its Experiences program

Airbnb is announcing new guidelines for its Experiences program, including more screening for risky or specialized experiences. Its rules are meant to improve the safety and quality of the program, which supplements Airbnb’s short-term rentals with paid activities like walking tours, scuba diving, and mushroom foraging. According to a statement, the company aims to make…
Airbnb scam: How it works and how to protect yourself.

Airbnb scam: How it works and how to protect yourself.

While on vacation in September 2019, reporter Allie Conti accidentally uncovered an elaborate Airbnb con when she herself became the unwitting victim of the scam. Conti and her friends paid Airbnb $1,200 to stay at an apartment in Chicago. But just as they were about to check in, the host called to say the place…
Week in Review: Airbnb is just the beginning – TechCrunch

Week in Review: Airbnb is just the beginning – TechCrunch

Hey everyone. Thank you for welcoming me into you inbox yet again. I got some awesome responses to the #DeleteLinkedIn newsletter last week, a few dozen emails (some of them angry) and plenty of tweets. Looking forward to chatting with some of you soon. On that note, I’m currently in China for a TechCrunch event…
Week in Review: Airbnb is just the beginning

Week in Review: Airbnb is just the beginning

Hey everyone. Thank you for welcoming me into you inbox yet again. I got some awesome responses to the #DeleteLinkedIn newsletter last week, a few dozen emails (some of them angry) and plenty of tweets. Looking forward to chatting with some of you soon. On that note, I’m currently in China for a TechCrunch event…
How Airbnb’s Fight to Overturn a New Jersey Law Imploded

How Airbnb’s Fight to Overturn a New Jersey Law Imploded

Residents of Jersey City, New Jersey, voted overwhelmingly in favor of strict short-term rental regulations on Tuesday, putting an end to the high-profile feud between Airbnb and local officials that had engulfed the city in recent months. The move comes as a major blow to Airbnb, which spent more than $4.2 million blanketing Jersey City…
Airbnb to verify all of its listings

Airbnb to verify all of its listings

Following the death of five people at a Halloween party hosted at a California Airbnb rental, and a scathing Vice report outlining Airbnb’s failure to prevent nation-wide scams, the company says it will begin verifying all seven million of its listings. Airbnb properties will soon be verified for accuracy of photos, addresses, listing details, cleanliness,…
Airbnb intends to verify all listings following shooting and scam report

Airbnb intends to verify all listings following shooting and scam report

Airbnb intends to verify every single listing on its platform by the end of next year, a major policy shift meant to increase trust and safety following a shooting at a rental that killed five and a report about scammers taking advantage of renters. Brian Chesky, Airbnb’s CEO, said the company is making plans to…

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