Airbnb Is Set Out To Ban ‘Party Houses’ Due To A Shooting During Halloween

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Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky revealed on Saturday that the company will be banning “party houses” in an effort to protect people after a deadly shooting occured during a Halloween party.

The announcement was made in a series of tweets on Saturday, after five people were found dead in a rented home on Airbnb in Orinda, California. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, a gunfire was heard around 10.50pm on 31 October. Chesky offered his condolences for the “families and neighbors” who were directly impacted by the shooting.

He then declared that “party houses” will be subsequently banned, and more measures would be placed to tackle “unauthorized parties” and “abusive” behavior during such events.

The additional measures include more screenings of potentially dangerous reservations perceived by Airbnb’s risk detection technology, and newly assembled “party house” rapid response team.

Furthermore, Margaret Richardson, a member of Airbnb’s executive team, is responsible for putting the measures into place as early as possible.

Starting today, we are banning “party houses” and we are redoubling our efforts to combat unauthorized parties and get rid of abusive host and guest conduct, including conduct that leads to the terrible events we saw in Orinda. Here is what we are doing:

— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) November 2, 2019

Second, we are creating a dedicated “party house” rapid response team.

— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) November 2, 2019

Third, we are taking immediate action against users who violate these enhanced guest policies, including removal.

— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) November 2, 2019

We must do better, and we will. This is unacceptable.

— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) November 2, 2019

[via TechCrunch, cover image via AngieYeoh /]

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