News Tech: Airbnb is testing new anti-party technology in the US and Canada to discourage users who want to book a home to host a large, unauthorized gathering. The vacation rental company told Fast Company that the new technology aims to identify “potentially high-risk bookings.” Airbnb looks at factors such as the user’s positive reviews and service history, the duration of the requested reservation, the distance from home to the reservation, and whether the reservation is on weekends or weekdays.
Short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and Vrbo have long struggled with unauthorized parties at the time of booking. This new technology aims to flag suspicious bookings and prevent them from being sent to hosts for approval. This allows homeowners to approve reservations without worrying about property damage or noise complaints. Those who were unable to book an entire listing due to the new system will be able to book her one room in the entire residence, as the host is likely a local or a hotel room.
Airbnb has been testing the tech in Australia since October 2021 and says it`s seen a 35% drop in unauthorized parties in areas where the pilot was in effect. The safety tool has rolled out nationwide in Australia and will now be tested in the U.S. and Canada. The latest update builds off the company`s “under-25” system, which blocks users under the age of 25 from booking entire properties close to where they live until they have at least three positive reviews.
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