Airbnb launches ‘anti-party’ tech; Fewer new jobless claims last week

Airbnb has launched new “anti-party” technology to stop guests from hosting rowdy gatherings that have plagued some neighborhoods across the country.

The company revealed the screening tools last week and is already using them to detect questionable bookings at places where hosts rent entire homes, said Ben Breit, safety and security spokesperson for Airbnb. The rollout of the new system follows Airbnb’s formal adoption of a no-party policy in June.

Airbnb’s technology examines factors that could be associated with an unauthorized party and prevents potential guests from making a reservation if their reservation is flagged, Breit said.

They include account history, such as reviews of past stays, age of the account and age of the guest, as well as the circumstances of the reservation, such as its duration and distance from the guest’s location .

“If you’ve been using the platform for a while as a guest and have lots of positive reviews, you’re unlikely to be affected by something like this,” Breit said.

Fewer new jobless claims last week

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as the job market continues to emerge as one of the strongest segments of the US economy.

Unemployment assistance claims for the week ending August 20 fell by 2,000 to 243,000, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

The four-week average of claims, which evens out some of the week-to-week volatility, rose by 1,500 to 247,000.

The number of Americans receiving traditional unemployment benefits fell by 19,000 in the week ending August 13, to 1.42 million.

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