Stories of discrimination faced by black users of Airbnb have been common on the Internet lately, largely shared under the hashtag #Airbnbwhileblack. Airbnb has banned some hosts for hate speech and violating terms of service, but their response has overall been slow.
Airbnb has added a so-called “Animal House button” for neighbors to complain about overly lit guests.
In March of last year, Gregory Selden, a 25-year-old from Virginia, was looking for a place to stay in Philadelphia. Selden, who is black, says a host rejected his request to book their place, but happily accepted requests he sent from two fake profiles featuring pictures of white guys. Selden sued Airbnb in federal…
Today in extreme bummers: a group of friends vacationing just south of Paris found a rotting corpse on the property they rented through Airbnb.
Who wouldn’t want to spend the night inside a painting of a rustic garret that once belonged to a suicidal Dutch post-impressionist?
Beyoncé, like many of us, is an Airbnb user. This means those among us who are part of the sharing economy have at least one thing in common with her, which is a fun thing to consider. The similarities, however, begin and end with the name “Airbnb,” because Bey is not renting that quaint little lakeside home filled…
New research on Airbnb use may not surprise you: users with “black-sounding” names have a harder time booking rooms than users with “white-sounding” names. Great.
You would never guess it, but lots of one-night stands and hookups are happening between Airbnb hosts and their guests.
At Matter, Zak Stone has written an astonishingly sad, lucid and important story that sees all the way around the legitimately complicated issue of who should be held responsible for his father’s death at an unsafe Texas property rented on Airbnb. The first paragraph:
Airbnb has teamed up with the Catacombs of Paris to offer the most deranged experience of a lifetime: the chance for two people to win an overnight stay inside the historic maze of skeleton-lined tunnels, on October 31.
Relevant news for those of you who were planning to leave your home in the care of a sitter the next time you go on vacation: A San Francisco couple hired someone to take care of their house while they frolicked at Burning Man, and were shocked to find that the guy watching over their castle was renting it on Airbnb…
Mariah Carey, who’s been spotted on a number of carefree jaunts lately with her billionaire boyfriend James Packer, just rented an Airbnb that costs $10,000 per night. See, she’s like you, but not.
An Airbnb host catered to horny hooligans with a listing referred to as a “Hollywood Hills Camping Retreat.” For only $35, renters could stay in a tent on a Hollywood Hills lot to engage in all kinds of debauchery, according to annoyed neighbors. Local residents complained of all the strange sexin’ going up in them…
Hardcore Nirvana fans can experience what it was like to live in the same place as their god by renting out the Los Angeles home Kurt Cobain used to share with Courtney Love. Grunge rock’s royal couple occupied the two-bedroom apartment, located in the Fairfax district, from 1991 to 1992. Kurt turned the space into a…
Last week, Airbnb announced that they would be opening their digital doors to Cuba, allowing American tourists to book lodging from local hosts with over 1,000 listings. Great! But in Cuba, this new business model might just be a throwback to straight hustling.
Because the service weren't creepy and awkward enough as it is, Airbnb is apparently planning to add home dining to its list of offered services.
No matter what emotional mood you are in, no matter what celebrity you want to tirelessly stare at, no matter what weird hipster trend you want to see mocked, one thing's for sure—there's always a Tumblr for that! Such is the case with this Tumblr, which seeks out the world's creepiest Airbnb offerings.
Renting your apartment out on Airbnb? Don’t worry so much about your stuff being stolen; instead, maybe freak out about whether your place will be as virginal as you left it. Prostitutes are using the online room-sharing site to set-up transient brothels.
Massively successful room-renting service Airbnb is now illegal in New York City: officials say the startup violates an illegal hotel law that prevents residents from renting out their property for fewer than 29 days.