On Saturday, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky announced that moving forward the company would be taking serious action against unauthorized parties after five people were shot and killed at a Halloween party that took place at an Airbnb rental in Orinda, CA.
According to CNN, Chesky took to Twitter to make the announcement and said, “Starting today, we are banning “party houses” and we are redoubling our efforts to combat unauthorized parties and get rid of abusive host and guest conduct, including conduct that leads to the terrible events we saw in Orinda.”
He continued to proceed with the steps that would be taken from here on out and said, “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.”
Before acknowledging that the incident was unacceptable and better needs to be done, he said that he would be appointing Margaret Richardson from their Executive Team to overlook their “new team and initiate a 10-day sprint to review and accelerate the development and implementation of these new safety initiatives.”
Starting today, we are banning “party houses” and we are redoubling our efforts to combat unauthorized 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:
— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) November 2, 2019
The party had taken place on Thursday at an Airbnb rental that specifically prohibited parties. However, it had been advertised and more than 100 people attended the party.
The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement, “Arriving officers found a highly chaotic scene that included gunshot victims, injured party-goers, and numerous people fleeing the scene. The partygoers apparently came from throughout the Bay Area for the Halloween event.”
Three people passed away at the scene, and an additional two people passed away at the hospital. There were several others that were injured, and the incident is still under investigation as no one has been arrested for the shooting.
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