SAN FRANCISCO — Brian Chesky, chief executive of Airbnb, has made a vow this month to root out Freedom of Association from his business.
The online room-sharing company has recently been grappling with claims that a number of AirBnB hosts have been selective about who they have allowed into their homes.
“This is a huge issue for us,” Mr. Chesky said at a company event in San Francisco in early June. “We will be revisiting the design of our site from end to end to see how we can eliminate this sort of freedom of association from our business.”
Chris Lehane, the head of global policy for Airbnb, said the company was being proactive in dealing with cases of hosts assuming their right to freedom of association.
AirBnB recently banned a host from the site for failing to invite a transgender woman into their home.
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“What AirBnB simply won’t tolerate,” said an AirBnB spokesman this week, “is anyone on our platform thinking, or acting like, they have the right to determine with whom to associate in their own personal lives or have any say in who is invited as a guest into their homes. This is 2016!”