Airbnb Bans Palm Springs Squatters for Life


Maksym Pashanin via Kickstarter

The alleged Palm Springs Airbnb squatters boasted earlier this week that they would totally do it again.  Well good luck with that dirtbags, as it is just not going to happen with Airbnb. According to Business Insider, the brothers have been banned from ever using the service again:

“…the squatters, Maksym Pashanin and Denys Pashanin, won’t be finding their next victim through Airbnb, the company says.

“These individuals have been permanently banned from using Airbnb. We have a number of technological tools we use that prevent individuals who have been banned from our community from using Airbnb in the future,” Airbnb spokesman Nick Papas tells Business Insider.

But what if the pair just tries to create a new, phony profile?

“Fraudulent actors often exhibit repetitive patterns. As we recognize these patterns, we can apply heuristics to predict when they are about to occur again, and help stop them,” the post says.

In other words, Airbnb is using sophisticated algorithms, known these days as “machine learning,” to monitor its system. If these squatters attempt to fire up new accounts, they’ll be found and kicked out, the company promises.

Well let’s certainly hope so.

(image via Kickstarter)

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