Profile photos, which reveal a potential guest's race and gender, have been one of the biggest criticisms leveraged against Airbnb. They're addressing that issue as well.
The company is toying around with minimizing the profile photos, which will provide less of an opportunity for hosts to discriminate based on race and gender alone.
"We shouldn’t have to hide that there's a black guy who wants to stay at your residence," former attorney general and current Airbnb advisor Eric Holder told Forbes. "It would have been easier to just say we’re going to take out pictures, but this is more consistent for hosts and guests to know who they are interacting with."
They're also increasing instant book opportunities, so users won't have to get permission from a host to reserve a room or home.
Airbnb aims to have 1 million Instant Book listings by January 2017, according to their report.
Airbnb itself will also become more diverse.
Airbnb, like much of the tech world, has an inclusion problem. The company's 2015 Department of Labor equal opportunity filings show that 63% of its workforce is white and 56.6% of its leadership is male. CEO Brian Chesky is committed to diversifying the company's staff.
This started in March when he hired former Peace Corps and State Department official David King III as the company's first head of diversity and belonging. Now, Airbnb is creating a 12-person product team that will focus strictly on combatting bias and promoting diversity. They've tapped Holder to be one of those team members.
"I wasn’t necessarily surprised because implicit bias is something that this country has been grappling with for hundreds of years," the advisor told Forbes. "It will take an entity or individual to come up with something that is paradigm challenging and gutsy to help solve it."
That's why Airbnb is incorporating unconscious bias training for all employees.
"We are working with experts on bias, including Dr. Robert Livingston of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Dr. Peter Glick of Lawrence University, to make anti-bias training available to our community, and will be publicly acknowledging those who complete it," Chesky wrote in his statement.
Forbes is also reporting that senior-level candidate pools must include women and people of color. Also, all managers and team leaders will be assessed on their ability to be inclusive when hiring.