TNW: People donating to Ukrainians through Airbnb shows the sharing economy’s not all bad

The use of Airbnb to channel donations to Ukrainians illustrates both the potential and limitations of the so-called sharing economy

As desirable vacation destinations go, war-torn Ukraine must surely rate low. But in the first month of Russia’s invasion, Airbnb bookings in Ukraine boomed, as people around the world used the accommodation platform to channel more than US$15 million in donations to the country.

As with other forms of direct donation, using Airbnb to channel aid to Ukraine has been problematic. The company was relatively quick to waive the 20% commission it usually charges on transactions. But stopping scammers from setting up fake accounts to collect money from well-meaning donors has proven more difficult.

It’s a story that illustrates both the potential and limitations of the so-called sharing economy.

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People donating to Ukrainians through Airbnb shows the sharing economy’s not all bad

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