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Airbnb sues San Francisco over registration policy

San Francisco (Reuters) - Airbnb sued the city of San Francisco on Monday, arguing that require hosts to a recent regulation to register with the c...

 

Airbnb sues San Francisco over registration policy

San Francisco (Reuters) – Airbnb sued the city of San Francisco on Monday, arguing that require hosts to a recent regulation to register with the city violates free speech rights of online home business operator

. A San Francisco law to come into force next month act requires companies like Airbnb to confirm that rents a valid registration issued by the city. The regulation would be on the company fines up to $ 1,000 per day for each violation.

Airbnb lawsuit demanding that the rule violated federal communications law and asking a judge to close. The law can not solve San Francisco housing crisis, the company in a blog post.

“This legislation ignores the reality that the system does not work and this new approach will harm thousands of everyday San Francisco residents who depend on Airbnb,” the company said.

Matt Dorsey, a spokesman for the office of the San Francisco city attorney, said nothing in the regulation punishment Airbnb for their content hosts. On the contrary, the statute that is intended to facilitate tax collection, he said

“In fact it is not user content regulation at all – it is the regulation of the activity of the hosting platform itself.” Say Dorsey in an e-mail. A

The case in US District Court, Northern District of California is Airbnb Inc. vs. City and County of San Francisco, 16-03615

(Reporting by Dan Levine;. Editing by Bernard Orr)