#AceNewsReport – June.03: After last years #AirbnbWhileBlack scandal that dogged the company last year, A study by Rutgers University has found that travellers with disabilities using the travel hosting service Airbnb are more likely to be rejected and less likely to be pre-approved as regulations appear to be flouted by non traditional sources of accommodation providers, while others have to abide by anti-discriminatory rules #AceNewsDesk reports
Airbnb Hosts More Likely To Reject Guests With Disabilities, Study Finds Published on June 02, 2017 at 01:20PM From a report: A Rutgers University study of nearly 4,000 requests for lodging on the home-sharing platform found that guests with blindness, cerebral palsy, dwarfism and spinal cord injury were refused at rates higher than people without disabilities.
In some instances, hosts who claimed that their homes were accessible were also more likely to approve guests without disabilities, according to the research published Friday. The report raises new questions about the ethics of Airbnb’s business model, following the #AirbnbWhileBlack scandal that dogged the company last year, centred on revelations that African American guests were denied access at disproportionately high rates. While traditional hotels must abide by anti-discrimination laws, startups such as Airbnb have been able to skirt longstanding regulations by arguing that they are technology companies and platforms that aren’t liable for the actions of their users.
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