Airbnb Deletes Accounts Of People Heading To White Supremacist Rally

  • Airbnb Deletes Accounts Of People Heading To White Supremacist Rally

Airbnb Deletes Accounts Of People Heading To White Supremacist Rally

At least two people planning to attend the Unite the Right rally on August 12 claim Airbnb canceled their bookings and deactivated their accounts because of their views, according to Gizmodo.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a USA non-profit which monitors "hate groups", has warned the rally will draw far-right extremists from across the country, including neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members.

In a detailed report, the Anti-Defamation League described the rally as potentially "the largest public gathering of white supremacists in at least a decade".

Jason Kessler, a white nationalist blogger and Unite the Right rally organizer, is not happy with Airbnb.

Over the weekend, chatter within far-right spheres alluded to a possible crackdown against those travelling to Virginia to hear white nationalist Richard Spencer, Buzzfeed washout turned fundamentalist Baked Alaska, Augustus Invictus, a one-time Senate hopeful and author of such LinkedIn screeds as Future or Ruin: The Argument for Eugenics and others preach hate in front of a statue of a Confederate general. "We asked all members of the Airbnb to affirmatively sign on to this commitment".

The "Unite the Right Free Speech Rally" is posted on Facebook. It was originally scheduled for noon on Saturday at what organisers continue to call "Lee Park", a city landmark which was officially renamed Emancipation Park.

Metro US said Wednesday that thousands are expected to turn out in Charlottesville's Emancipation Park - formerly named Lee Park for Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee - to protest the removal of a statue of Gen.

He said he didn't think it would mean the company would "go through all of your social media... and if they disagree with something you said, they can revoke your ability to stay there".

"There is no doubt that Mr. Kessler has a First Amendment right to hold a demonstration and to express his views".

Airbnb is kicking some people it suspects of supporting white nationalism off its site.

"[The city] and its employees made significant sacrifices to ensure that the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan could hold a rally, albeit a much smaller one than planned for Unite the Right, at a downtown park despite substantial opposition from counter-demonstrators", Brown wrote.

On Monday, Gizmodo reported that extremists planning to attend the event had complained on Twitter that their Airbnb accounts had been canceled.

The company has a strict non-discrimination policy which forbids hosts from discriminating against guests on the basis of "race, colour, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status".

Racial activists "get hung up on interacting with people online", and the racist message board culture has its drawbacks, Griffin said, creating "a lot of paranoia when people don't know each other in real life".