Wherever you were on Wednesday, the 6th of January, you probably heard about the violent assault on the Capitol by President Donald Trump supporters. A number of companies are quickly replying to show their consumer bases where they stand in the wake of the historical event.
Zillow, which had abstained from donating to any lawmakers who coated against certifying election results during the 2020 election cycle, officially stated it will withhold any support for those same lawmakers.
Airbnb has pledged its own measures, saying that it will not be offering any spaces within Washington D.C. during the week of Joe Bien’s inauguration on January 20.
Airbnb commented in a statement:
“Airbnb’s work continues to be informed by inputs from our local host community as well as Washington, D.C. officials, Metro Police and Members of Congress throughout this week. In particular, Mayor Bowser, Governor Hogan, and Governor Northam have been clear that visitors should not travel to the D.C. Metro area for the Inauguration.”
This is not a new policy for Airbnb, as it has removed members with known ties to hate groups since 2017, but it is the largest ban the platform has enacted, to date. In fact, the policy was created after bookings were made by white supremacists in order to attend a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The startup said:
“We are continuing our work to ensure hate group members are not part of the Airbnb community. As we’ve learned 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’ve investigated whether the named individuals have an account on Airbnb.”
Along with Airbnb and Zillow, other companies are doing a number of things in response to the violent insurrection of the Capitol. Marriott, AT&T, and Airbnb have joined Zillow in pledging to withhold any donations to candidates who voted against the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential win.