Airbnb starts testing anti-party tech in the US and Canada

begins in the US and Canada. It announced a permanent ban on all parties and events at host homes worldwide. Airbnb temporarily implemented such rules after the COVID-19 pandemic hit to comply with social distancing restrictions.

The company began testing similar technologies in Australia last October. Airbnb says it has been able to reduce trespassers by 35 percent in areas where it uses the tools. Now the system is being rolled out more widely in this country.

The anti-party tools look at several factors to identify “potentially high-risk reservations.” They take into account elements such as how long the prospective guest has had an Airbnb account, how far the listing is from where they live, and how many positive reviews they have had in the past. The system also takes into account the duration of the trip and whether someone is trying to book during the week or at the weekend.

For example, it may indicate a planned stay of one or two nights over a weekend in the same city where the guest resides. Airbnb says users who are barred from staying in an entire house as a result of these measures can still book a hotel room or a private room. In the latter case, the host is more likely to be at the property.

The company says it is trying its best to crack down on unauthorized users. This system builds on tools that had a narrower focus on guests under the age of 25, particularly those who wanted to stay close and didn’t have positive reviews. Airbnb noted that the tools cannot completely prevent parties from taking place in the properties. There is a hotline for neighbors to contact staff if they think there may be a party at a nearby inn or have other concerns.

“We anticipate that this new system will help prevent more bad actors from appearing on our platform, while having a less blunt impact on guests not attempting to throw a party,” Airbnb wrote in a blog post. “While we are always willing to compromise in the interest of building trust, our goal is to make these systems as accurate and fair as possible to support our hosts and guests.” Looking ahead, the company says it will detail the results of the US and Canada test and announce other actions it intends to take to weed out unauthorized parties.

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