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Airbnb Hires Eric Holder to Develop Anti-Discrimination Plan

  • Former U.S. attorney general will craft new corporate policy
  • Room-rental website says it’s hiring staff to monitor issues
Eric Holder.

Eric Holder.

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Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has joined Airbnb Inc. to develop a strategy to address potential racism and other discrimination against people using the online home-rental service, following complaints by some customers.

Holder will serve as an adviser to the company working with John Relman, a civil rights attorney, to strengthen a corporate policy prohibiting discrimination by people using the website to rent their homes. Airbnb is adding staff to monitor for discrimination and respond, Chief Executive Officer Brian Chesky wrote Wednesday in a company blog post.