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Airbnb launches 'anti-party tech' in US and Canada

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Airbnb announced Tuesday that it will use new technology to discourage customers in the United States and Canada from using its rental service to throw parties.

Short-term rental services such as Airbnb and Vrbo struggle to prevent unauthorized large gatherings on booking, causing many problems for neighbors and hosts. .

In August 2020,Airbnb implemented a temporary "ban on parties," banning all parties and setting a 16-person limit. Parties at Airbnb listings have become more popular during the COVID-19 pandemic due to safety measures and restrictions at bars, clubs and restaurants.

In June,Airbnb made "no parties allowed" permanentbut 16 occupied Unlocked rate limit. The decision to maintain the party ban was based on feedback from Airbnb's host community. Airbnb says the 2020 party ban was originally intended to reduce neighborhood nuisance while slowing the spread of COVID-19. New rules have banned him from the platform by 6,600 users in 2021 alone. 

According to Airbnb, the new technology aims to prevent problematic guests from submitting requests altogether, making it seem like the party is over before it starts.

The San Francisco-based company measures the history of positive reviews (or lack of reviews), the length of time guests spend on Airbnb, the length of their trips, the distance, said it would investigate over the weekend. versus weekdays, and other factors. 

This system is designed to prevent hosts from accepting booking requests from customers who do not meet the newly implemented standards. Guests who are unable to book the entire home can book single rooms where the host is likely to be physically on-site.

Airbnb also said the technology is a "more robust and sophisticated version" of its "under-25 system." The system focuses on guests under the age of 25 trying to book locally but not having a reservation. positive reviews. 

The company has banned guests from hosting large gatherings at its Airbnb rental properties since a Halloween party in Northern California killed five people in 2019 .. The party, attended by over 100 guests, was held in a mansion rented through Airbnb.

A similar variation of "anti-party technology" has been piloted in Australia since October 2021 and has proven effective. Airbnb reports a 35% reduction in "unauthorized" parties in areas of Australia where the system is in use. 

Airbnb says it expects similar success as it begins testing the system in the United States and Canada.

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