Airbnb Launches “Anti-Party Technology” In North America
In June, Airbnb instituted a permanent global ban on disruptive parties and events at its listings, approximately two years after announcing a temporary ban in 2020.
Airbnb announced on August 16 that it is implementing “anti-party technology” in the United States and Canada aimed at curbing the number of “potentially high-risk reservations” made on the rental site.
Per a statement from Airbnb, the system will analyze a range of data, including a user’s history of reviews, the duration of the trip, how long the individual has been an Airbnb user, and whether they’re requesting a weekend vs. weekday stay. Airbnb says the technology is designed to inhibit a risky reservation from being completed, with “the primary objective” being to “reduce the ability of bad actors to throw unauthorized parties which negatively impact our Hosts, neighbors, and the communities we serve.”
The statement further claims that the new measure is a “more robust and sophisticated” version of the “under-25” system that has been in place in North America since 2020, preventing guests under 25 with fewer than three positive reviews from booking entire home listings in their local area. It added that the new rollout is an extension of a similar pilot that has been operating in parts of Australia since October, where it cut unauthorized parties by 35%.
In June, Airbnb instituted a permanent global ban on disruptive parties and events at its listings, approximately two years after announcing a temporary ban in 2020. The impetus for the more stringent policy came after several Airbnb-based parties caused controversies — including a 2019 Halloween party in San Francisco where a shooting left five people dead.