Airbnb introduces new anti-party tools to protect hosts
San Francisco, Aug. 17 (IANS): Online hospitality giant Airbnb has introduced new anti-party tools to help identify potentially high-risk bookings and stop those users from taking advantage of their platform.
Earlier in June, the company announced that the previous temporary ban on parties would become a codified policy.
“We are continuing to work to enforce this policy by taking action by trying to do our best to deal with unauthorized games, i.e. games started without the knowledge or consent of the hosts,” said the company said in a blog post.
The new features are currently available in the US and Canada, and will be coming to other countries soon.
The new system looks at factors such as positive review history or no positive reviews, how long the guest has been on Airbnb, length of trip, distance to listing, week -end relative to the day of the week, among others.
The company’s goal is to attempt to reduce the ability of malicious actors to host unauthorized parties that negatively impact hosts, neighbors, and the communities they serve.
The company mentioned that guests who cannot make whole-house reservations due to this system will still be able to book a private room where the host is more likely to be physically on site or a hotel room through Airbnb. .
The company had previously stepped up measures to ban both “open” parties (those advertised on social media) as well as “chronic party houses” that had turned into neighborhood nuisances.