Airbnb And GoFundMe Blocking Capitol Rioters From Staying In Washington, D.C.
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Airbnb And GoFundMe Blocking Capitol Rioters From Staying In Washington, D.C.

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DeAnna Taylor
DeAnna Taylor Jan 12, 2021

Last week we saw the extremes that some will go to in an effort to block Joe Biden and Kamala Harris from taking office. As we gear up for the inauguration on Jan. 20, Airbnb and GoFundMe are rolling out their own safety plans.

The popular app announced that it will block anyone associated with a hate group, as well as people who were participants of Jan. 6 Capitol riot, from booking through its platform.

“When we learn through media or law enforcement sources the names of individuals confirmed to have been responsible for the violent criminal activity at the United States Capitol on January 6, we investigate whether the named individuals have an account on Airbnb,” Airbnb said in a statement. “This includes cross-referencing the January 6 arrest logs of D.C. Metro Police. If the individuals have an Airbnb account, we take action, which includes banning them from using Airbnb.”

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It doesn’t stop there.

The company will also begin checking bookings to see if a person is affiliated with a hate group. If so, the booking will be canceled and the account will likely be suspended.

Fundraising website GoFundMe announced a similar plan. The brand will suspend any campaigns that aim to raise money to help anyone travel to incite violence.

“Due to the violence, GoFundMe has removed numerous fundraisers intended to raise money for travel expenses,” a GoFundMe spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. “GoFundMe will remove fundraisers for travel expenses to a future political event where there’s risk of violence by the attendees.”

Wow, this story gets better and better.