Airbnb is rolling out new screening tools to stop parties in short-term rentals in the United States
SAN FRANCISCO– Airbnb says it will use new methods to track and block people who try to use the short-term rental service to host a party.
The company said on Tuesday that it has introduced anti-party technology that examines the potential renter’s history on Airbnb, how far they live from the home they want to rent, whether they are renting for a weekday or a weekend, and other factors.
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Airbnb said the filtering system it is rolling out for listings in the United States and Canada has been tested since last October in parts of Australia, where it has resulted in a 35% drop in unauthorized parties.
The San Francisco-based company said the technology is designed to block a guest’s booking request from reaching the host of the affected property. Airbnb said people unable to rent an entire house might be able to book a single room because the host is more likely to be there.
Airbnb has come under increasing pressure to clamp down on parties since 2019, when a Halloween party in a suburb of San Francisco ended in five people dead in a shootout.
The following year, Airbnb announced a worldwide party ban on its listings and banned people under 25 from renting an entire home near their home unless they had a record of positive reviews on the site. . the party ban was originally introduced as a temporary health measure during the pandemic, but was made permanent in June.
Specifically in Texas, Airbnb has seen a 46% year-over-year drop in party reports since the temporary policy was introduced in 2020.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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