Greg Selden is a young man in his mid-20s who lives in Richmond, Virginia. While planning a weekend trip to Philadelphia last year, Selden was in for an unfortunate encounter on popular home-sharing site, Airbnb.
So Selden took to Twitter. His tweet was shared thousands of times, and started the popular hashtag, #AirbnbWhileBlack, which has since spread like wild fire on social media. The hashtag has been used to detail personal instances of renters and hosts who have experienced discrimination on the site.
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As the home-sharing service exists now, Airbnb hosts and guests create a profile, complete with their photo, name and a few sentences about themselves. King explained that these identifiers "are one of the many tools that help hosts and guests connect with one another."
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It appears, unfortunately, that contrary to Airbnb's "We imagine a world where you can belong anywhere," the service is unable to account for the misconceptions and discrimination put forth by their users and hosts. King said, "We welcome the opportunity to work with anyone that can help us reduce potential discrimination in the Airbnb community."