Airbnb introduces “anti-party technology” to help hosts prevent risky bookings

Airbnb uses technology to crack down on parties.

The vacation rental service announced Tuesday, August 16, that it is rolling out “anti-party technology” in the United States and Canada.

Airbnb said it is rolling out tech-forward tools to help hosts “identify potentially high-risk reservations and block those users from using our platform,” according to the company’s press release on the matter.

Airbnb’s built-in anti-party technology analyzes data points in each Airbnb user’s profile to assess party risk levels.

Information taken into account includes a user’s review history, account creation dates, length of past trips and physical distance to the listing, the company’s press release said.

According to Airbnb, there will also be a weekend versus weekend rating and other risk factors that will be taken into account.

“It’s an integral part of our commitment to our hosting community — who respect their neighbors and don’t want to be a part of property damage and other issues that can accompany unauthorized or disruptive parties,” Airbnb wrote.

“The primary goal is to attempt to reduce bad actors’ ability to host unauthorized parties that negatively impact our hosts, neighbors and the communities we serve,” the company later added in its press release.

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky speaks on stage and explains his plans for Airbnb.
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky speaks on stage and explains his plans for Airbnb.
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User accounts flagged by Airbnb’s anti-party technology will be prevented from completing their reservation.

However, designated users are allowed to book private rooms instead of entire houses. Hotel rooms are also excluded.

Airbnb noted that it introduced a “similar variant of this system” in Australia in October 2021 and the pilot program was reportedly “very effective”.

The vacation rental service wrote that Australia’s anti-party pilot program has resulted in a 35 per cent drop in the number of unauthorized parties in the regions where it went into effect.

“We are now completing the pilot phase in Australia and codifying this product nationwide,” Airbnb wrote. “We’re hoping for similar success when we start testing this in the US and Canada.”

Airbnb said it will share “the results of this testing phase” and “the next steps” of its party ban in the near future.

The company added that it’s ready to adapt its built-in technologies and policies because “no system is perfect.”

The company added that it’s ready to adapt its built-in technologies and policies because “no system is perfect.”

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Airbnb has said it has implemented a “similar variant of this system” in Australia.
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The vacation rental network eventually expanded its party ban after receiving positive feedback from Airbnb hosts, community leaders, and elected officials, which it noted in a June 2022 press release when Airbnb announced that it had officially codified its party ban.

https://nypost.com/2022/08/17/airbnb-launches-anti-party-technology-to-help-hosts-prevent-risky-bookings/ Airbnb introduces “anti-party technology” to help hosts prevent risky bookings

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