Airbnb New York data report shown to have been "photoshopped" in effort at blatant deception

See how Airbnb's data hid the facts in New York City


On December 1, 2015, Airbnb made data available about its business in New York City, with much fanfare. This report shows that the Airbnb data release misled the media and the public, attempting to portray the company as something it is not. Here is an except:


“Airbnb’s current market valuation is set at $25 billion: fortunes will be made or lost based on the company’s ability to make its business acceptable to the cities and countries in which it operates. The company’s lobbying and PR efforts in cities across North America and around the world talk repeatedly of regular people occasionally sharing their own home (hence hosts with just one listing, or “single-lister hosts”). Airbnb’s New York City 2014-2015 data set, which runs to November 1, shows that multiple-lister hosts earned 41% of the complete Entire Home revenue during the 2014-2015 year. This number is in line with what critics have been claiming for the last two years: a disproportionate amount of Airbnb’s revenue is gained from commercial operators offering listings that are more likely to disrupt neighbors and displace long-term residents, and many of which are illegal under New York State law (for rentals under 30 days where the primary resident is not present). It is not a number that suits Airbnb in its battle for credibility.”


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