Should you think twice about what you do next time your rent a home through Airbnb? A recent viral Facebook post has The Doctors wondering just how private the vacation homes really are.
A post on the popular Facebook account PostSecret claimed, “I swap hidden camera sex videos with other Airbnb hosts.” Naturally, this claim caused a flurry of online outrage from Airbnb hosts and Airbnb users. One user responded, “As an Air BNB host who has been doing my utmost for 2 years to treat my guests with kindness and respect, I'm shocked and saddened by this postcard.” Another user wrote, “One person filming is weird and creepy. A group of hosts sharing videos is way way way creepier.”
The home-sharing website does allow hosts to use cameras at their properties, but has strict guidelines and requires that the presence of cameras be disclosed to those renting the property.
Attorney Areva Martin joins The Doctors to discuss this potential privacy-invading issue.
“Videotaping someone having sex without their consent is illegal, you should not being doing that,” she says, explaining that if the PostSecret post is true, that it would be breaking the law and violating Airbnb’s policies.
The company released a statement saying they have yet to find any proof of a sex tape trading ring happening between hosts.
“We have looked into this and there is absolutely no evidence to support this anonymous claim. We take privacy issues extremely seriously and have a zero tolerance policy for hidden cameras. Airbnb warns hosts to fully disclose whether there are security cameras or other surveillance equipment at or around the listing and to get consent where required. When notified, we take immediate action to remove bad actors from our Community,” the company’s statement read.
Will a claim like this stop you from staying at an Airbnb?