Airbnb has hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to join its anti-discrimination team, the company announced Wednesday.
Holder will assist Airbnb in crafting a “world class anti-discrimination policy,” CEO Brian Chesky said in a blog post. The company is working to ensure that those renting out their homes through the service are adhering to that policy.
Airbnb launched a policy review in June after claims from some users, many of whom were people of color, that they were being discriminated by home owners. The claims inspired the hashtag #AirbnbWhileBlack on Twitter, where people shared stories of discrimination they said they had faced on the site.
“Airbnb is committed to building a community where everyone can belong, no matter who they are or what they look like,” Holder said in a statement, Business Insider reported. “I’m eager to help them craft policies that will be the model for companies who share Airbnb’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.”
Holder is the latest former member of the Obama administration to head to Silicon Valley, with former White House press secretary Jay Carney going to Amazon, former adviser Dan Pfeiffer now at GoFundMe and 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe joining Uber as a board member.
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