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Airbnb is rolling out “anti-party technology” in the US and Canada

SAN FRANCISCO — Airbnb says it will use new methods to detect and block people who try to use the short-term rental service to throw a party.

The company said Tuesday it has introduced “anti-party technology” that examines a prospective renter’s history on Airbnb, how far they live from the home they want to rent, whether they rent during the week or on the weekend, and other factors. .

Airbnb said the detection system it is implementing for listings in the US and Canada has been tested since last October in parts of Australia, where it produced a 35% drop in unauthorized parties .

The San Francisco-based company said the technology is designed to prevent a customer’s booking request from ever reaching the host of the property involved. Airbnb said people who can’t rent an entire house could book a single room because the host is more likely to be nearby.

Airbnb has come under increasing pressure to crack down on parties since 2019, when a Halloween party at a suburban San Francisco home left five people dead in a shooting.

The following year, Airbnb announced a worldwide ban on parties on its listings and banned under-25s from renting an entire house near their home unless they had a record of positive reviews on the site. The party’s ban was initially issued as a temporary health measure during the pandemic, but was made permanent in June.


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