In the US and Canada, Airbnb has started testing anti-party technologies. Back in June, it declared a worldwide official ban on all gatherings and events at host sites. Airbnb implemented such regulations on a temporary basis following the COVID-19 epidemic to comply with social distancing restrictions.
In Australia, the business started testing a similar technology last October. According to Airbnb, it was able to cut the amount of unauthorized gatherings in the areas where it was employing the technologies by 35%. The system is currently being implemented more widely in that Country.
The anti-party tools look at several factors to detect “potentially high-risk reservations.” They consider elements such as how long the prospective guest has had an Airbnb account, how far away the listing is from where they’re based and their history of positive reviews. The system will also bear in mind the length of the trip and whether someone is trying to make a booking during the week or over the weekend.
It may, for example, indicate a weekend stay of one or two nights in the same city as the guest. According to Airbnb, guests who are unable to stay in a complete home due to these precautions can still book a hotel room or a separate room. In this situation, the host is more likely to be present at the property.
The company says it’s trying to tackle unauthorized parties to the best of its ability. This system builds on tools that had a narrower focus on guests aged under 25, particularly those who wanted to stay nearby and didn’t have positive reviews. Airbnb notes that the tools can’t entirely prevent parties from taking place at listings. It has a tip line for neighbors to contact staff if they believe a party is taking place at a nearby host property or they have other concerns.
“We anticipate that this new system will help prevent more bad actors on our platform while having less of a blunt impact on guests who are not trying to throw a party,” Airbnb wrote in a blog post. “While we are consistently willing to make trade-offs in the interests of building trust, our goal is to make these systems as precise and fair as possible to support our hosts and guests.” Looking ahead, the company says it will detail the results of the test in the US and Canada and reveal other measures it plans to take to stamp out unauthorized parties.