The room-sharing startup Airbnb said it removed thousands of New York City-based listings from its site, after New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed an affidavit Monday in support of his subpoena attempting to identify users who are illegally renting apartments on the site. Schneiderman’s affidavit included research claiming nearly two-thirds of listings on the site were illegal sublets. The Attorney General’s office also distributed a list of the 17 largest users on the site with at least one “illegal listing.” All of these users had at least 15 listings on the site. In a post published on the Airbnb blog Monday, the company’s head of global public policy, David Hantman, described Schneiderman’s affidavit as an attempt to “distract” from his subpoena. Hantman also said the users on Schneiderman’s list were “notified” their listings would be purged.

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