The mystery listings Airbnb "purged" before transparency report

Airbnb's New York data report—ostensibly an anonymized listing of all its hosts in the city—was intended to make the company look honest and to make its hosts look like normal, everyday homeowners. This effort seems to have fallen apart as journalists scrutinize what turns out to be a manicured view of its business.

Matt Buchanan writes that the most revealing thing about the 'purge' of bad listings is the fact it let the Airbnb landlords with multiple NYC properties stay on the service, albeit with less listings:

Perhaps most clearly indicative of Airbnb’s intentions, though—I mean, beyond its longstanding refusal to implement any real measures to curb illegal listings or to provide the city with what it needs to do so—is that “most hosts affected by the purge were left with some ‘inventory’ on the Airbnb site, indicating that Airbnb did not kick the ‘worst actors’ off the platform.” On average, “most hosts were left with 0.8 Entire Home listings, although the three hosts with the most Entire home listings (with 10, 11 and 12 Entire Homes at November 1, 2015) lost all of their Entire home listings by November 20, 2015.”

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  1. The "beach rentals" in San Diego fall under the same fuckery. It's a few large multi unit owners that screw it up for the rest. But I will say that in our family's travel I have never had a bad experience with Airbnb.

  2. Was room 237 among the listings?

  3. What's the significance of including the carpet pattern from "The Shining" on this post? I don't see the connection.

  4. SamSam says:

    You just happened to know that, or reverse image search?

  5. It's a post about bad hotels.

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