Airbnb: Stop discriminating against young Canadians

Airbnb: Stop discriminating against young Canadians

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Chris Bell started this petition to Airbnb

We want Airbnb to stop discriminating against users based on age.

On February 6, 2020 Airbnb announced it will start restricting 'local' Canadian bookings based on a user's age. If you're under 25, you won't be able to book whole houses/condos in your hometown unless you have a "positive track record".

Strangely, you won't need a "positive track record" if you're over 25.

This announcement follows a series of Airbnb house parties in Canada and the United states, where several people died by gun violence. These tragedies represent serious problems in need of real solutions, not arbitrary discrimination.

Airbnb's new policy stigmatizes and places unfair burdens on young adults. What about the young person trying to organize accommodations for a wedding, a family reunion, a conference, or just friends from out of town, but who hasn't been on Airbnb long enough to develop a "positive track record"? Why should responsible, law-abiding young Canadians have to suffer these restrictions?

Do people over 25 throw house parties? Yes, they do. Do people over 25 commit gun crimes? Yes, they do.

Worst of all, this age discrimination will likely disproportionately impact marginalized young Canadians, who already suffer the effects of racism and other prejudices.

If Airbnb is serious about cracking down on house parties, and (by extension) tackling gun violence, it will immediately replace this weird age-based approach with a universal one. Any user, regardless of age, without a "positive track record" shouldn't be allowed to rent whole houses/condos.

Airbnb says this approach is based on "analysis of internal information", but in 2020 we know that ‘because data’ doesn’t justify this kind of bizarre discrimination.

Unfortunately, according to recent CBC coverage, Airbnb age discrimination could even be extended to other countries.

Photo by Luis Ruiz

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