July 25, 2017

Airbnb sends robo-emails from ‘hosts’ against legislation that doesn’t exist



Photo of LG Smartphone with Airbnb logotype on the screen
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Airbnb has created a way for San Francisco users to pester legislators about the issues that matter most — all at the push of a button. (Courtesy photo) Our dystopian future may see technology performing all human tasks, making much of our smarts and grit obsolete. In recent years, however, tech has even taken on the most dreadfully boring but perhaps impactful human endeavors:

Writing your legislator.

The Board of Supervisors are reporting receiving angry, automatically generated robo-emails sent by constituents who are also Airbnb users. While that’s not new, and even fairly normal, those emails took their job impersonating irate citizens perhaps too seriously — and are ranting and raving against legislation that doesn’t even exist.

And in at least one case, the robo-email was sent without the user’s permission.

Let me repeat this, because it’s so odd:  […]

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