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Airbnb says it’s working to block Capitol attackers from returning to Washington, DC

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Airbnb is banning people who were involved in the riot

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Ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20th, Airbnb has announced actions it’s taking to prevent members of the violent mob that attacked the US Capitol on January 6th from returning to Washington, DC.

At the top of the list, Airbnb says it will ban people who were involved in the January 6th attack. “When we learn through media or law enforcement sources the names of individuals confirmed to have been responsible for the violent criminal activity at the United States Capitol on January 6, we investigate whether the named individuals have an account on Airbnb,” the company said. “This includes cross-referencing the January 6 arrest logs of D.C. Metro Police. If the individuals have an Airbnb account, we take action, which includes banning them from using Airbnb.”

Additionally, Airbnb is reviewing reservations made in the DC area. If someone associated with a hate group makes a reservation, the company will cancel that booking and ban the person who made it. You can find the full list of actions Airbnb is taking on its website.

Airbnb isn’t the only company making travel to DC more difficult for the inauguration. Trump supporters had used GoFundMe to raise money to pay for travel to DC for the January 6th attacks, BuzzFeed News reported on Friday, and the platform is now removing fundraisers for travel expenses to get to events where there could be violence.

“Due to the violence, GoFundMe has removed numerous fundraisers intended to raise money for travel expenses,” a GoFundMe spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. “GoFundMe will remove fundraisers for travel expenses to a future political event where there’s risk of violence by the attendees.”