Airbnb launches 'anti-party technology' to help hosts avoid risky bookings

Airbnb launches ‘anti-party technology’ to help hosts avoid risky bookings

Airbnb uses technology to prevent parties.

The vacation rental service announced on Tuesday, August 16 that it is introducing “anti-party technology” in the US and Canada.

Airbnb said it is launching tech-forward tools to help hosts “help identify potentially risky reservations and prevent those users from taking advantage of our platform,” according to the company’s press release on the matter.

Airbnb’s integrated anti-party technology analyzes data points in each Airbnb user’s profile to assess their party risk level.

Information that will be considered includes a user’s review history, account creation dates, length of previous trips and physical distance from the listing, the company’s press release said.

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

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

“The primary goal is to try and reduce the ability of bad actors to organize 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 onstage and explains his plans for Airbnb.
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky speaks onstage and explains his plans for Airbnb.
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User accounts flagged by Airbnb’s anti-party technology will not be able to complete their reservation.

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

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

The holiday rental agency wrote that the anti-party pilot program in Australia resulted in a 35% drop in unauthorized parties in the regions where it was run.

“We are now ending the pilot phase in Australia and codifying this product across the country,” Airbnb wrote. “We hope for the same 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” in its party ban in the near future.

The company added that it is open to adapting its integrated technologies and policies because “no system is perfect.”

The company added that it is open to adapting its integrated 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, as it noted in a press release issued in June 2022, when Airbnb announced it had officially codified its party ban.

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