Don’t party: AirBnB will now use tech to crack down on rowdy guests
A new form of anti-party technology being piloted here in Australia will see AirBnB crack down on rowdy customers, with bookings judged on factors including reviews and length of travel.
It takes a level of daring that most of us never have to trash a hotel room. Most of us, swayed by the stern warning from receipt and deposit, know that the rule is to just leave it in the same condition you found it, if not better. And so our stay is one which, although pleasant, also entails a great sense of responsibility: we make sure that the kitchen appliances are always working, that the bathroom is clean and tidy, that the bedspread is as immaculate as when we arrived. Safe to say, it’s far from a party when it comes to enjoying the luxury of sleeping in a hotel or AirBnB. But for those willing to risk the dice and prefer the idea of causing damage to someone else’s home rather than their own, the lure of hosting a party at an AirBnb is too much. big to resist.
Across the platform, many homes have been ransacked thanks to someone booking it for a big party. Now it’s been revealed that the home-sharing platform will crack down on just that, launching ‘anti-party technology’ designed to crack down on guests who throw massive knocks at homes. The technology has been tested here in Australia and will take into account factors such as “history of positive reviews (or lack of positive reviews), length of time the guest has been on AirBnb, length of trip, distance until announcement, weekend versus weekdays, among many others” to determine if a booking is for hosting a party, according to company reports.
The new anti-party development will first roll out in the US and Canada, while continuing to operate in Australia. In a statement, AirBnB explained, “The primary goal is to attempt to reduce the ability of bad actors to host unauthorized parties that negatively impact our guests, neighbors and the communities we serve.”
Previously, AirBnB allowed hosts to rent out their properties for the purpose of hosting house parties, but guests were prohibited from hosting parties against the owner’s wishes. Best judgment was usually considered on behalf of the host, but became problematic in the age of social media where holiday news could spread easily or lead to “open” parties, causing greater disruption in the community and the neighborhood at large. . As a result, AirBnb banned parties advertised on social media and allowed hosts to be kicked off the platform for letting “chronic party houses” disturb others.
The anti-party technology has been trialled in Australia since October 2021, with the company saying, “We have seen a 35% drop in incidents of unauthorized parties in areas of Australia where this pilot is in effect.
This might be bad news for daring people looking to throw a party without the consequences directly affecting their own home, but for hosts on AirBnb, it presents good news. And if you suspect someone has bypassed technology to throw a big party, AirBnb also provides a neighborhood helpline that you can contact.