Executives from AirBNB have removed some campsite listings from the website in response to Hawaii’s attempt to crack down on illegal campsite rentals advertised online.
The company says it took down seven camping ads that may have been for sites in public parks. The ads represent a small slice of the company’s 10,000 rental listings in Hawaii.
“While we take this issue very seriously and it is a violation of our standards and expectation here in Hawaii, we think the issue is being overblown,” said Cynthia Wang, public policy manager for AirBNB. “We’re dedicating resources so that when we become aware of one we investigate it and remove it.”
Critics say such ads can easily pop up again because people can re-advertise using a different name.