Airbnb offers free accommodation to anyone hit by Trump 'Muslim ban'

"We have 3 million homes, so we can definitely find people a place to stay"

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Airbnb is offering free accommodation to anyone left stranded following President Donald Trump's travel restrictions.

The American president's executive order, signed on Friday, bans refugees and visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

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Following the ban, co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, Brian Chesky tweeted: "Open doors brings all of US together. Closing doors further divides US. Let's all find ways to connect people, not separate them.


"Not allowing countries or refugees into America is not right, and we must stand with those who are affected.

"Airbnb is providing free housing to refugees and anyone not allowed in the US. Stayed tuned for more, contact me if urgent need for housing".

In a statement to CNBC, Chesky added: "Airbnb is providing free housing to refugees and anyone else who needs it in the event they are denied the ability to board a US-bound flight and are not in your city/country of residence. We have 3 million homes, so we can definitely find people a place to stay."

Chesky is not the only tech CEO to speak out against the restrictions.



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. Worse, these actions will make America less safe (through hatred and loss of allies) rather than more safe.

"A very sad week, and more to come with the lives of over 600,000 Dreamers here in America under imminent threat. It is time to link arms together to protect American values of freedom and opportunity."

Google has recalled its Middle Eastern staff back to the States, with more 100 company staff affected by the order. And Tim Cook, Apple CEO, said "Apple would not exist without immigration" as co-founder Steve Jobs was a Syrian immigrant.