Hotels Airbnb closes accounts of white nationalists By Danny King / August 09, 2017 Share 1 -- Airbnb has closed the accounts of guests who booked stays in Virginia to attend a white-supremacist rally. Members of the Daily Stormer website had organized stays and events related to the Unite the Right rally, scheduled to take place in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. The Daily Stormer describes itself as "The World's Most Genocidal Republican Website."Airbnb cited a policy it began enforcing last year to prevent both hosts and guests from practicing any sort of discrimination as the reason for its action. Airbnb didn't disclose how many accounts it closed. "In 2016 we established the Airbnb Community Commitment reflecting our belief that to make good on our mission of belonging, those who are members of the Airbnb community accept people regardless of their race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age," Airbnb said in a statement. "We asked all members of Airbnb to affirmatively sign on to this commitment. When through our background check processes or from input of our community we identify and determine that there are those who would be pursuing behavior on the platform that would be antithetical to the Airbnb Community Commitment, we seek to take appropriate action including, as in this case, removing them from the platform."The decision, first reported by Charlottesville's NBC affiliate, prompted Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler to threaten to sue Airbnb.Kessler, in an interview with the Washington Post, called Airbnb's decision "grounds for a lawsuit" and characterized it as "racial targeting of white people for their ethnic advocacy." Kessler has also tapped the Virginia ACLU and Virginia-based Rutherford Institute to represent him against the city of Charlottesville in an attempt to prevent the city from moving the rally to McIntire Park from Emancipation (formerly Robert E. Lee) Park, according to Charlottesville's Daily Progress. As of yesterday, 675 people indicated on Unite the Right's Facebook page that they would attend the rally, which is expected to be well into the thousands of attendees, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.Last year, a Harvard Business School study found prospective Airbnb guests with "distinctly African-American names" were about 16% less likely to have their reservation requests granted by Airbnb hosts than guests with "distinctly white names." This spurred black entrepreneurs to launch peer-to-peer accommodations sites Noirbnb.com and Innclusive.com.Amid discrimination allegations against blacks, Airbnb last September updated its nondiscrimination policy, which prohibits hosts from declining a stay request based on race, ethnicity, origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability. By last November, Airbnb mandated that its hosts abide by the Airbnb Community Commitment.