Airbnb Tries New Screening System for ‘High-Risk Reservations’ After ‘Party House’ Fatalities

“The CEO of Airbnb has announced that the company will be banning ‘party houses’ and doubling down on getting rid ‘of abusive host and guest conduct’ in direct response to the deadly shooting that broke out during a Halloween party held at an Airbnb rental in Orinda, California,” reports BuzzFeed News: On Thursday, renters of the home in Orinda threw a party attended by more than 100 guests, despite the Airbnb host stating that parties are not allowed at the property. Five people were fatally shot after gunfire broke out, and the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the tragedy.

On Saturday, Airbnb’s co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky wrote a Twitter thread announcing a plan of action to carry out a site-wide ban on “party houses,” including implementing a system that will screen for and flag “high-risk reservations.” Additionally, the company will be “creating a dedicated ‘party house’ rapid response team,” Chesky tweeted, before also pledging to take “immediate action against users who violate these enhanced guest policies, including removal.”

When asked how exactly it will determine which listings are “party houses” (or be potentially used for parties), an Airbnb representative told BuzzFeed News they’re still in the process of figuring out these variables. “All of this is being determined as part of the 10-day review being spearheaded by our new VP of Trust, Margaret Richardson,” the representative said.