Airbnb to Block Hosts in Oregon from Seeing Guests’ Names as Part of Anti-Racism Experiment

Airbnb hosts in Oregon will soon be blocked from initially seeing the full names of guests, in an experiment aimed at curbing discrimination against Black travelers, the booking service announced.

For two years, starting on Jan. 31, vacation landlords in Oregon offering houses and apartments for rent via the popular travel website will be able to see only the first initials of prospective guests.

The guests’ full names will appear only after the booking is confirmed, Airbnb said.

An Airbnb representative couched the policy change as an experiment in one state.

“Given that the impact of this change is unknown, the implementation will be limited” to Oregon, Airbnb spokeswoman Liz DeBold Fusco said in a statement to NBC News on Tuesday.

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SOURCE: NBC News, David K. Li