On Monday, Airbnb announced its plans to attempt to ban rioters who stormed the Capitol from returning to the Washington, DC area for the presidential inauguration next week.
Airbnb says it will review all Washington-area reservations, and anyone associated with a hate group will have their reservation canceled and be banned from the platform.
The company also said it’s taking action against individuals involved in criminal activities at the Capitol and ban them permanently from Airbnb.
Airbnb did not specify what action would be taken outside of bans.
The company’s steps may not effectively prevent a person with violent intentions from staying in one of its listed properties. The names of every individual involved in the Capitol riots are unknown, making it difficult to issue a comprehensive ban.
However, Airbnb said it’s cross-referencing a January 6 arrest log from the DC police department and will also look at US Attorney press releases for arrests and charges.
Airbnb has removed people associated with hate groups from its platform before, including after the Charlottesville, Virginia riots.
Airbnb declined to say if it has canceled any reservations since expanding its safety plan for DC on Monday. The company also declined to say if it will review reservations near all state capitols, where armed protests are being planned according to the FBI.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser encouraged people to stay away from DC and to watch the presidential inauguration online.