Airbnb has a patent on software that analyzes social media accounts of potential guests and hosts and can supposedly flag people who show signs of “neuroticism and involvement in crimes," "narcissism, Machiavellianism, or psychopathy" or "are perceived as untrustworthy."
From Evening Standard:
It uses artificial intelligence to mark down those found to be “associated” with fake social network profiles, or those who have given any false details. The patent also suggests users are scored poorly if keywords, images or video associated with them are involved with drugs or alcohol, hate websites or organisations, or sex work.
It adds that people “involved in pornography” or who have “authored online content with negative language” will be marked down.
An Airbnb spokesperson told Business Insider that it is not using all the screening features listed in the patent.
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