Airbnb rolls out party blocking tech – NBC Boston

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 it has introduced technology that looks at a potential tenant’s history on Airbnb, how far they live from the house they want to rent, if they are renting for a weekday or a weekend. end, and other factors.

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 crack down on parties since 2019, when a Halloween party in a San Francisco suburb ended in the deaths of five people in a shooting.

“While we are optimistic that this technology will have a positive impact on the safety of our community and our goal of reducing unauthorized parties, we want to be clear that no system is perfect,” Airbnb said in a statement. “We work hard to deter bad actors from using our platform, but ultimately Airbnb is an online platform that facilitates connections to the real world.”

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 initially introduced as a temporary health measure during the pandemic, but was made permanent in June.

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