Airbnb says it will now ban “party houses” from its platform in response to a deadly shooting at a Bay Area Halloween party held at one of its rentals that left five people dead.CEO Brian Chesky announced Saturday on Twitter that Airbnb is “redoubling our efforts to combat unauthorized parties,” including expanded manual screening for reservations deemed “high-risk” and the creation of a rapid response team to address issues related to such gatherings.“We must do better, and we will,” Chesky tweeted. “This is unacceptable.”Airbnb spokesman Ben Breit offered few details on how those efforts would be implemented or what factors might flag a rental as a party house, saying the company has initiated a 10-day review to develop the new policies. Advertisement Breit told The Times that the rental listing where the shooting occurred had rules barring parties. The listing and the person who rented it have both been removed from the site, he said.According to police, more than 100 people from around the Bay Area descended on the home in the tony East Bay suburb of Orinda on Thursday night. The gathering had been widely advertised on social media, authorities said. Officers responding to a noise complaint at the… Read full this story
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