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AirBNB taking down illegal campsite listings in Hawaii

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Executives from the private lodging website AirBNB are removing some campsite listings from their website. They're responding to Hawaii's attempt to crack down on illegal campsite rentals advertised online.

The company says they took down seven camping ads that may be for campsites in public parks. That's just a fraction of the company's 10,000 rental listings in Hawaii.

Critics say those ads can easily pop up again because people can re-advertise using a different name. A bill in the Hawaii Legislature aims to end that by requiring online brokers like AirBNB to verify that their listings are legal.

AirBNB's Cynthia Wang says the company doesn't have the ability to verify whether its listings are legal. She says the company has 2 million listings in 34,000 cities, each with different laws.

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