Airbnb to ban ‘party houses’ after Halloween shooting, CEO says

Jim Silver

Airbnb is banning “party houses” immediately and stepping up efforts to prevent unauthorized parties at its rentals after a fatal Halloween night shooting in California, Chief Executive Officer Brian Chesky said.

“We are redoubling our efforts to combat unauthorized parties and get rid of the abusive host and guest conduct, including conduct that leads to the terrible events we saw in Orinda,” Chesky said in a series of tweets.

Contra Costa County Sheriff deputies investigate a multiple shooting in Orinda, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Four people were killed and four others wounded in a Halloween night party shooting at a large rental home in a wealthy San Francisco Bay Area community, police said Friday.

Five people have died as a result of the shooting in Orinda, California, the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page. The shooting occurred at a party, which was advertised on social media and drew more than 100 people from the Bay Area, held in the home found on “a short-term rental website,” it said.

Airbnb is “expanding manual screening of high-risk reservations flagged by our risk detection technology,” and it’s “creating a dedicated party house’ rapid response team,” Chesky said. He’s directed Margaret Richardson to oversee the new team and initiated a 10-day review to kick start the process.

Richardson’s Linkedin page shows she held the position of “vice president of trust” since September and had previously worked at the Department of Justice.