comscore Airbnb is rolling out new screening tools to stop parties | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Top News

Airbnb is rolling out new screening tools to stop parties

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
                                The Airbnb app icon is displayed on an iPad screen in Washington, D.C., in May 2021. Airbnb announced. today, that it will use new methods to spot and block people who try to use the short-term rental service to throw a party.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    The Airbnb app icon is displayed on an iPad screen in Washington, D.C., in May 2021. Airbnb announced. today, that it will use new methods to spot and block people who try to use the short-term rental service to throw a party.

SAN FRANCISCO >> Airbnb says it will use new methods to spot and block people who try to use the short-term rental service to throw a party.

The company said today it has introduced technology that examines the would-be renter’s history on Airbnb, how far they live from the home they want to rent, whether they’re renting for a weekday or weekend, and other factors.

Airbnb said the screening system that it is rolling out for listings in the United States and Canada has been tested since last October in parts of Australia, where it produced a 35% drop in unauthorized parties.

The San Francisco-based company said the technology is designed to prevent a customer’s request for reservation from ever reaching the host of the property involved. Airbnb said people blocked from renting an entire home might be able to book a single room because the host is more likely to be around.

Airbnb has been under growing pressure to clamp down on parties since 2019, when a Halloween house party in a San Francisco suburb ended with five people dead in a shooting.

The following year, Airbnb announced a worldwide party ban at its listings and banned people under 25 from renting an entire house near their home unless they had a record of positive reviews on the site. The party ban was initially cast as a temporary health measure during the pandemic but was made permanent in June.

Comments (0)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature

Scroll Up