1. Airbnb for Work
Airbnb is booking its way to the top with reservations for businesses. Airbnb for Work now accounts for 15% of bookings. The company said almost 700K companies have booked with Airbnb for Work, an Airbnb division specifically for business travelers. According to TechCrunch, nearly 60% of Airbnb for Work trips had more than one guest. “We can offer big open areas for collaborations, while still giving employees their own private space,” said David Holyoke, global head of business travel at Airbnb. “We think this offers a more meaningful business trip and it saves the company a lot of money.”
2. Uber Protest
Uber drivers in Australia were told to log off their apps on Monday morning to protest “features designed to further shortchange and underpay” them. The protest, started by Rideshare Drivers United, told drivers to go on strike from 7 to 9:30 this morning. So, what are they protesting exactly? Uber provides “upfront pricing” which gives the customer an estimated price on their ride. However, these estimates don’t take into account traffic, road closures, or unexpected stops; all of which directly impacts drivers’ profit. What action will Uber take on these employees, if any?
3. Infowars and Alex Jones Strike One
Lines were crossed again by conspiracy theorist and show host, Alex Jones, from The Alex Jones Show on Facebook, Spotify, Apple, and YouTube. These platforms have deleted podcasts and pages by Alex Jones because of hate speech. Apple and Spotify removed six podcasts, Facebook removed four pages, and just two weeks ago, YouTube took down four of Alex Jones’ videos. Both Facebook and Apple said Jones violated hate speech policies on their respective platforms. According to USA Today, If Jones’ channel receives two more strikes in three months it will be deleted from YouTube for good. Will Jones learn his lesson this time around?
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