Airbnb has warned that it could ban protesters participating in the white nationalist rally Unite the Right in Washington DC this weekend.
The company said that protesters who violate the values of the AirBnb community run the risk of their accommodations being canceled and the accounts removed.
Airbnb said that all its users must accept their policies, which state that they must: "treat everyone in the Airbnb community, regardless of race, religion, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or age". – With respect, and without trial or bias & # 39;
Airbnb has warned that it could ban protesters participating in the Unite the Right nationalist rally in Washington DC this weekend on the anniversary of the Charlottesville violence.
"When we identify and determine that there are those who would seek behavior on the Airbnb platform that would be contrary to the Airbnb Community Commitment, we seek to take appropriate action, which may include removing it from the platform," Airbnb said in a statement. statement provided to ABC News.
His warning comes before the demonstration this weekend on the first anniversary of the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where neo-Nazis carrying the torch clashed with protesters.
The rally is being organized by Unite the Right, the same people behind the Charlottesville rally.
Airbnb canceled reservations and accounts before the Charlottesville rally last year.
"We acted before last year's horrific event in Charlottesville and if we learn about similar information, we will not hesitate to do it again," they said in a statement.
Washington authorities raised the emergency level of the capital to allow additional resources to prevent violence before the protest, but some are preparing for confrontation.
The company said that protesters who violate AirBnb's community values run the risk of their accommodation being canceled and the accounts removed.
Last year's protests in Charlottesville began on August 11 and saw hundreds of neo-Nazi sympathizers, accompanied by armed men with rifles, shouting white nationalist slogans while holding torches in scenes that strangely resembled racist rallies held in southern states. United before the civil rights movement.
They had met to protest the efforts to eliminate the statues of the Confederate leaders, including one of the Confederate's top generals, Robert E Lee.
When the demonstrations continued on August 12, clashes erupted between neo-Nazi and anti-fascist sympathizers of a group dressed in black called Antifa.
The violence culminated with a man driving a car against a crowd of counter-demonstrators, killing a woman and wounding 19 people.
Immediately afterwards, President Donald Trump received widespread criticism when he initially appeared reluctant to condemn extreme right-wing extremists, many of whom have joined him since his election.