Airbnb ban "party houses" after five people are shot dead
Five people were shot dead at an Airbnb.
Airbnb are set to ban people organising "unauthorised parties" through the app, after five people were shot dead at a Halloween party in San Francisco.
The incident occurred after a renter using the app booked an Airbnb for one night with the intention to throw a party, which was against the owner's rules, which were stated on the site.
In a statement issued on Twitter, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said that the app would take immediate action to crack down on such parties.
He said: "Starting today, we are banning “party houses” and we are redoubling our efforts to combat unauthorised 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:
"First, we are expanding manual screening of high-risk reservations flagged by our risk detection technology. Second, we are creating a dedicated “party house” rapid response team.
"Third, we are taking immediate action against users who violate these enhanced guest policies, including removal.
"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.
"We must do better, and we will. This is unacceptable."
The five people who were killed were between the ages of 19 and 29.