Airbnb to ban ‘party houses’ after five dead in Halloween mass shooting

Shooting took place at a home rented through Airbnb in California

According to a report by BBC, by Saturday police had not identified or arrested the shooter
According to a report by BBC, by Saturday police had not identified or arrested the shooter

Holiday home rental company Airbnb will ban “party houses” after a mass shooting on Thursday killed five people at a Halloween party at a California home that was rented through the company.

Reports suggest that all five who died were under 30 years of age. According to a report by BBC, by Saturday police had not identified or arrested the shooter.

The report also said that the house was booked for a small group, but it was later publicised on Instagram as the venue for a Halloween party which brought in around 100 guests. The host had not authorised the party, Airbnb said.

The company’s co-founder, CEO, Brian Chesky said that Airbnb was looking into banning “party house”.

Chesky tweeted, “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.

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“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,” he added.

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