Airbnb to verify 7 million listings after 'party house' shooting

Airbnb to verify all listings following report of fraud

-Airbnb will review what it calls "high-risk" listings.

Now we have a clearer idea of exactly what Airbnb's response will entail, with Chesky outlining several ways the company will improve the safety of their listings in an email to Airbnb employees on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the news website Vice published an investigation into Airbnb scammers who posted inaccurate listings and then pressured guests into staying at properties they did not reserve.

The shooting took place at a Halloween party thrown at a California Airbnb, leaving five dead and prompting Airbnb Co-Founder, CEO, and Head of Community Brian Chesky to declare a ban on "party houses".

- Beginning December 15, Airbnb said it will rebook guests to a new listing or refund their money if a property doesn't meet its accuracy standards. On Tuesday, the company suffered a major defeat in Jersey City, New Jersey, where residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of stricter regulations on short-term rentals that will nearly certainly shrink the number of listings just a short train ride away from Manhattan. The hotline will roll out globally over the course of next year. Additionally, Chesky says Airbnb is "expanding manual screening of high-risk reservations". The company has also tapped Charles Ramsey, former chief of the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. police departments, and Ronald Davis, the former chief of the East Palo Alto police department, to advise the projects.

"Most hosts do a great job, but guests need to feel like Airbnb has their back, and we believe this commitment is a necessary step in giving guests peace of mind", Chesky wrote.

Airbnb plans to go public in 2020, joining a series of tech companies that have made public stock offerings, with varying levels of success.

"Many of us in this industry over the last 10 years are going from a hands-off model where the internet is an immune system to realizing that's not really enough", Chesky said.

"By not voluntarily removing illegal listings, Airbnb continues to outsource the costs of their business to cash-strapped cities", Black said.



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