Party houses banned on Airbnb after fatal shooting

No more “party houses” on Airbnb’s services list after a deadly shooting at a property in Orinda, California.

Several people were injured and five died. The shooting happened on Halloween night. The home was originally booked for a small number of people, but the venue was advertised on social media for a party and 100 guests attended.

CEO Brian Chesky, Airbnb co-founder, announced that the company will act against unauthorized parties. On Saturday, Chesky announced that party houses will be banned immediately, and that action will be taken to rid Airbnb of “abusive host and guest conduct”.

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“Expanding manual screening of high-risk reservations flagged by our risk detection technology and creating a dedicated ‘party house’ rapid response team,” is what Airbnb are planning to do as the CEO claims. “I have directed Margaret Richardson from our Executive Team to oversee this new team and initiate a 10-day sprint to review and accelerate the development and implementation of these new safety initiatives,” he continues.

The Airbnb host for the venue had been led to believe that the booking was for a 12- person family reunion. On social media it was advertised as the “mansion party”. Neighbors had complained about noise coming from the residence. The shooting occurred before 11 p.m. PT, by Sunday the police were yet to make any arrests. Airbnb has removed the property from its listings and the renter was obviously banned from using its services.

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