Airbnb is set to employ artificial intelligence technology to identify and block potential violators from its platform.
The initiative, spanning seven countries, including the US, the UK, Canada, and France, aims to deter large gatherings and maintain community peace.
AI systems will examine a number of variables, such as the length of the reservation, the property’s closeness to the destination, its kind, and last-minute bookings.
Airbnb’s anti-party measures will be enforced on one, two, and three-night bookings for entire home listings during the holiday weekend.
Naba Banerjee, Airbnb’s Head of Trust and Safety, emphasized a thoughtful approach in utilizing AI to benefit hosts, guests, and neighborhoods.
The company believes these measures will positively impact the communities it serves.
Airbnb’s AI Party Ban Elicits Mixed Reactions
The move comes after last year’s restriction of 63,000 Americans from New Year’s Eve rentals due to suspected large parties.
Airbnb’s AI and machine-learning technology will analyze signals to identify bookings potentially posing a higher risk of party incidents.
In addition to AI, Airbnb has implemented a suite of measures, including reservation screening, noise sensors, a neighborhood support line, and a 24-hour safety line, to uphold its ‘global party ban’ introduced in August 2020.
While the platform previously set up a geodesic dome in New York’s Times Square for New Year’s Eve in 2020, it has since formalized its party ban policy, citing concerns about unauthorized parties and public health amid the pandemic.
Guests violating rules may face severe consequences, ranging from account suspension to removal from the platform.
Public reactions to Airbnb’s increased reliance on AI are mixed, with some expressing concerns about potential discrimination and others supporting the company’s efforts to maintain responsible hosting and guest behavior.
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