Airbnb and Google have announced steps aimed at stopping attacks on US democracy as Joe Biden’s inauguration date approaches.
A major home-sharing platform banned bookings in Washington around the time Biden took office on January 20, after local governments sought to stay away from people after being attacked by the U.S. Capitol. Announced that there is.
“Airbnb has announced that it will cancel reservations in the Washington, DC metro area and suspend new reservations during its inauguration week,” the company said in a statement.
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.
It also rejects advertisements that refer to impeachment, inauguration, or protests at the US Capitol.
“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. Stated.
The company sent a letter to advertisers explaining the suspension of political advertising, stating that there was no news or product exemption.
The Silicon Valley company said in a letter AFP saw that the suspension would apply to advertisers across the site, 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.
When Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet, was asked at a meeting Wednesday if he was blinded by last week’s violence, he spread false information on platforms before and after the November elections. Mentioned efforts to curb.
“Last week’s event was hard to see. I’m happy as a country we take it seriously,” Pichai said.
“We are always learning through these moments and the entire internet.”
Playing cards were pulled out
The move removed the video because YouTube temporarily suspended Mr. Trump’s channel and violated its policy of inciting violence, and other social after a riot by supporters at the Washington Capitol last week. Following joining the media platform and banning his account.
Operators say resentful leaders could use his account to foster more anxiety about Biden’s inauguration.
“We have removed new content uploaded to Donald J. Trump’s channel in light of concerns about the ongoing violence,” YouTube said in a statement late Tuesday.
The channel is currently “not allowed to upload new content for a” minimum “7 days,” he said.
The video sharing platform also said it would “indefinitely invalidate comments” on Mr. Trump’s channel due to safety concerns.
Faced with the possibility of new protests from Trump supporters who believed in false claims that the elections were fraudulent, city residents called on Airbnbs’ neighbors not to rent during Mr Biden’s oath.
UNITE HERE Local 25, a union representing 7,200 hotel workers in the Washington area, has closed hotels that do not host security forces and called on staff to quit their jobs if they fear safety.
“Workers, unionized or unionized, don’t have to risk their lives to get a job. Unfortunately, that’s the situation we’re facing now,” said the union’s executive director. John Boardman said.
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.