Airbnb to introduce ‘new anti-party technology’ in North America amidst pressure from hosts
- Airbnb will introduce “anti-party technology” in the U.S. and Canada due to mounting pressure from hosts
- The decision comes just a few weeks after Airbnb announced that it will ban parties at properties
- The company has been under considerable pressure to ban parties since the horrific shootings at a Halloween house party in a San Francisco suburb in 2019.
You cannot host parties at an Airbnb anymore. Just a few weeks after the company announced that it would ban parties at properties rented via its platform, it made another announcement. The company will roll out a new “anti-party technology” to enforce the ban.
What is Airbnb’s anti-party technology? How does it work? Continue reading to find out.
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More about Airbnb’s “anti-party technology”
Airbnb announced it will prohibit guests from hosting parties at properties rented through its platform a few weeks back. Since the announcement, there were question marks on how the company will act to clamp down on parties. We have the answer – Airbnb’s “anti-party technology”
The technology will consider multiple factors to determine the nature of the booking to curb parties. These factors include past reviews, duration of a user on the platform, length of stay, and part of the week the rental was booked.
The business claims that from October 2021, it has been testing an identical technology in a few Australian locations, where it observed a 35% drop in unauthorized parties. Since July 2020, it has also implemented a similar tactic in the US, with less emphasis on guests under the age of 25.
Because of outdated technology, younger visitors were barred from reserving large homes close to their homes if they did not have positive ratings. The most recent rollout has a much wider focus and omits an upper age restriction.
Airbnb said that the goal is straightforward; identifying “high-risk reservations” and restricting those users from completing a booking. If the “anti-party technology” prohibits a user from booking a certain property, it will prompt them to book a private or a hotel room via the platform.
Airbnb’s stance on parties
The company has been looking at embargoes on parties for many years. In 2019, it said it will ban “party houses” after five people were shot dead at a Halloween party in an Airbnb rental in San California. Over 100 people attended the party.
In 2020, the company made another announcement that prohibited people from renting properties to host parties. It made the announcement to support the social distancing guidelines. There was a growing concern that people would turn to Airbnb as an alternative since bars and clubs remained shut. Airbnb stands firm on its party ban even after all social distancing norms are lifted.
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