Airbnb host banned for racially abusing potential guest

An Airbnb host who cancelled a guest's reservation because of the colour of her skin has been banned from the platform.

The man, from North Carolina, quashed the booking of a Nigerian business student, explaining to her "I hate n***ers".

He then went on to send the woman a string of abusive messages.

Among the messages, the host said "This is the south darling" and "I hate n****ers so I'm gonna cancel you".

After the incident was highlighted by one of the student's friends, Airbnb removed the host.

"We were horrified when we read these messages,” Airbnb spokesperson Nick Papas told BuzzFeed News.

“The language and conduct are unacceptable and violate both our policies and everything we believe in.

This host has been removed from Airbnb and we’ve reached out to the guest to offer our full and complete support, including ensuring the guest has a safe place to stay".

Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky also took to Twitter in support of the student.