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Airbnb encourages sensor devices to prevent house parties

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Airbnb is offering hosts discounts on noise sensor devices as part of its crackdown on ‘party prevention’.

The short-term rental platform banned ‘party houses’ after a Halloween house party shooting in California last year.

“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,” said Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky at the time in a Twitter thread announcing the changes.

On Airbnb’s website, the platform said it was “bringing you discounts on top devices for preventing parties”.

The devices will keep guests safe as well as protect privacy without intruding since they measure noise level and don’t record sound.

The devices on offer are Minut, NoiseAware and Roomonitor, although not all devices are available in every country. The Minut and Roomonitor devices are available in Australia.

Airbnb is striking US $50 off the Minut device, bringing the price down to US $99 from $149, while the NoiseAware Indoor Sensor will have 25 per cent struck off the full-price of $199.

Roomonitor will cost only US $39, down from US $165.

But Airbnb said it “does not endorse any of these devices”.

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