Housing agency Airbnb is testing the use of an “anti-party tool” in the United States and Canada. This is contrary to company rules to avoid leaving behind people renting accommodation for house parties and possibly losses.
At the start of the pandemic, Airbnb banned parties and events in advertised accommodations worldwide and made it permanent “until further notice” at the start of the year due to positive experiences. Meanwhile, bookings for people over 16 were also suspended.
preventive booking ban
The system is said to “filter out high-risk bookings”, which according to the company are very likely to happen to the parties. Factors such as guest rating, account creation date, length of stay, day of the week and distance from home are taken into account. If the system refuses a booking, declined guests should instead be offered a stay with host present or hotel rooms.
A similar filtering process has been tested in Australia since October 2013 and has reduced the number of illegal parties by more than a third, according to the platform. From 2020, guests under the age of 25 are assessed separately.
FT sees similarities in Minority Report
The “Financial Times” (“FT”) compared the new rules to the film “Minority Report”, in which the “precrime” department must use vision to prevent crimes. Airbnb, on the other hand, emphasized that they want to “make the platform safer for all”.