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Airbnb to Provide Free Housing to Refugees, CEO Says

31 January 2017

The company's decision comes a day after President Donald Trump signed an executive order that temporarily bans refugees and nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Following Trump's orders, people convened at major global airports to decry the ban.

Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky said in a tweet Saturday night that the home-rental platform would provide free housing to refugees.

The ride-sharing app Lyft has also pledged to donate $1 million to the ACLU, which is fighting the executive order in court, over the next four years.

Brian Chesky has offered free housing plans to people affected by President Trump's new immigration policies.

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Some of the biggest USA technology firms, including Google and Netflix, have expressed alarm over President Donald Trump's travel restrictions. The offer is for those who have been negatively impacted by the order. Airbnb has come up with free accommodation offering to those who have been left stranded due to the ban executive order. Sergey Brin, Google's founder, joined protesters at San Francisco International Airport and said that he is there because he too is a refugee. The ban will be in place for 90 days and has affected thousands.

'Open doors brings all of United States together.

In a Facebook post, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings wrote: "Trump's actions are hurting Netflix employees around the world, and are so un-American it pains us all".

On his Facebook page, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said his company wold create $3 million legal defense fund and 24/7 legal support, compensate drivers for lost earnings, and urge Trump to "reinstate the right of USA residents to travel - whatever their country of origin - immediately".

Also, Aaron Levie, CEO of online storage company Box Inc., per Reuters, said: "The executive order on immigration is immoral and antithetical to our values". A number of companies, including Apple Inc, voiced opposition to the ban and promised to help affected employees.