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Airbnb, Google Move To Curb Organized Inauguration Violence

Airbnb and Google announced on Wednesday measures aimed at stopping attacks on democracy in the United States as Joe Biden’s inauguration date approaches.

Major home-sharing platforms have banned reservations in Washington around the time Biden’s January 20th inauguration, after local governments urged people to stay away following an attack on the U.S. Capitol. Was announced.

“Airbnb has announced that it will cancel reservations for the Washington, DC metro area during its inauguration week,” the company said in a statement.

Airbnb will also block new bookings in the US metropolitan area.

Google has joined forces to curb new attacks, confirming that it has temporarily suspended political advertising on the platform from Thursday until at least the day after Biden’s launch.

Google said it would suspend political ads in addition to ads mentioning impeachment. Inauguration or protest at the US Capitol.





Massive closures seen as the city prepares for the January 20 inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on a street near the White House in Washington, DC, January 13, 2021. I will.
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“If we can use ads to misuse events or amplify misleading information, we will suspend ads on a regular basis with unpredictable” sensitive “events,” Google said in an AFP inquiry. Said in response to.

“In addition to this, we have a long-standing policy of blocking content that incites violence or encourages hatred, and we are very careful about running ads that cross this boundary.”

Google sent a letter to advertisers explaining the suspension of political advertising, stating that there would be no exemption from news and product advertising.

The Silicon Valley company said in a letter AFP saw that the outage would apply to the entire platform, including the video-sharing platform YouTube and the Google Ads network.

“We will carefully consider a few factors before deciding to lift this policy and share the latest information for advertisers,” Google said in a letter.



Following the attack on the US Capitol, the mayor of Washington urged people not to travel to the city for the presidential election Joe Biden's oath.


Following the attack on the US Capitol, the mayor of Washington urged people not to travel to the city for the presidential election Joe Biden’s oath.
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The move removed the video because YouTube temporarily suspended President Donald Trump’s channel and violated its policy of instigating violence, and joined other social media platforms after the Capitol riot last week. Following the ban on his account.

Access to the social media platform that President Trump used as a megaphone during his presidency has been severely blocked since the violent crowd of supporters who struck the Capitol in Washington, DC last week.

Operators say resentful leaders could use his account to foster more anxiety about Biden’s inauguration.

“We have removed the new content uploaded to Donald J. Trump’s channel in light of concerns about the ongoing violence,” YouTube said in a statement late Tuesday.

According to the statement, the channel is “not allowed to upload new content for” at least “7 days.”

The video sharing platform also said on Trump’s channel that it would “disable comments indefinitely” due to safety concerns.

A mob of President Trump’s supporters attacked the Capitol last week as lawmakers were summoned to prove Biden’s victory in the November elections.

Some of the mobs stayed in Airbnb rentals in and around the city.

Faced with the possibility of new protests from Trump supporters who believe in false claims that the elections are fraudulent, city residents have called on Airbnbs neighbors not to rent during Biden’s oath.

Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington on Monday also asked visitors to stay home.

“We are asking Americans not to come to Washington, DC for the 59th Presidential Inauguration on January 20, but to virtually attend instead,” she said.

Airbnb also said it is investigating whether those nominated as participants in law enforcement attacks on the Capitol have used their services.

“Through this work, we have identified a large number of individuals who are associated with known hatred groups or involved in criminal activity in the Capitol and have been banned from Airbnb’s platform,” the company said.



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