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Airbnb Won’t Show First Names of Some Bookers in Bias Settlement

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Airbnb agreed to take this limited step on behalf of would-be guests who are Oregon residents because of a class-action lawsuit. If Airbnb really wanted to aggressively crush racism, shouldn’t it have announced a pilot to do likewise in other parts of the world? Other platforms shouldn’t be off the hook either.

Growing out of a discrimination lawsuit settlement, Airbnb this month will start to forgo showing the first names of prospective guests who are Oregon residents, replacing first names with the guests’ initials, until a booking request gets confirmed.

Once the booking is confirmed, hosts will see their guests’ first names, according to an Airbnb announcement in late December.

The settlement — the full details of which have not been disclosed — grew out of a 2017 federal lawsuit, which sought class-action status, by African-American Oregon residents alleging that racial discrimination on Airbnb violated…

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