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Just a week beforeOn Jan. 20, Airbnb said in a statement Wednesday that it would start canceling and blocking reservations in the Washington, DC area next week. The announcement came up in response Ask people not to travel to town for the event after January 6th .
On Monday,last week, and that it was considering renting out DC areas to prevent hate groups from using their platform during the inauguration. The move is in line with the company's broader efforts to weed out violent and discriminatory groups on its platform.
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"Guests whose reservations are canceled will be fully refunded. We will refund hosts at Airbnb's expense for the money they would have made with those canceled reservations. HotelTonight reservations will also be canceled," the company said in a statement on Wednesday.
Airbnb said it took names and identified and banned from its platform numerous people associated with violent criminal activity inside the Capitol.