Cashing In and Shaking Down: Airbnb hires Eric Holder to develop anti-discrimination policy

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The fact that Elizabeth Warren and a few other Democratic senators are shaking down the company might have something to do with this new hire. This is business today. Just like Uber did, Airbnb has hired a White House crony for official cover. It’s Chicago politics writ large.

Pay me and you get to play.

(From The Hill)

“Airbnb is committed to building a community where everyone can belong, no matter who they are or what they look like,” said Holder, now a partner at law firm Covington and Burling, in a statement issued through an Airbnb spokesperson.

“I’m eager to help them craft policies that will be the model for companies who share Airbnb’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

Cheskey said that everyone who uses Airbnb would have to read and sign off on the non-discrimination policy before using the platform.

Holder lends the prestige of a former Cabinet official who focused heavily on civil rights issues during his time in the Obama administration to a company under fire for discrimination by its users.

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