Airbnb said Wednesday it is canceling existing reservations and blocking new ones in the Washington, D.C., area during inauguration week as federal officials remain on alert for potential violence. Axios reports: Airbnb says the move is in response to requests from local, state and federal officials asking people not to travel to D.C. for President-elect Biden’s inauguration. Guests whose reservations are canceled will receive refunds and Airbnb says it will reimburse hosts’ lost earnings.
“We are aware of reports emerging yesterday afternoon regarding armed militias and known hate groups that are attempting to travel and disrupt the Inauguration,” the company said in its announcement. Airbnb also said it has banned from its platform numerous individuals it has learned that are “either associated with known hate groups or otherwise involved in the criminal activity at the Capitol Building.”
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