Airbnb Hires Ex-AG Eric Holder To Craft Anti-Discrimination Policy

AP

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has joined Airbnb, where he will create an stronger anti-discrimination policy for the home-sharing business, the company’s CEO announced Wednesday.

Airbnb has been dogged by controversy amid reports that some hosts on its platform prevented people of certain races and ethnicities from renting their homes. Critics of the company have argued that it allowed hosts to more easily discriminate against those who could otherwise use their services.

The company recently vowed to complete an internal review to fight bias and discrimination. While the company already has an anti-discrimination policy in place, CEO Brian Chesky wrote that, with Holder’s help, it can formulate a much stronger one.

Holder departed as attorney general last year and rejoined his law firm, Covington & Burling.

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