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Airbnb has patented software that digs through social media to root out people who display 'narcissism or psychopathy'

Airbnb has patented software that digs through social media to root out people who display 'narcissism or psychopathy'
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Airbnb has software designed to scan someone's online presence, including social media, to predict their behavior and personality traits.




The software, first reported by Evening Standard, is meant to flag people who show signs of "narcissism, Machiavellianism, or psychopathy," among other traits.




Airbnb has faced an uphill battle to screen people using its app amid reports of guests' rowdy parties and long-term scams run by hosts.




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If you've been rejected from booking an Airbnb rental, it may be because the app's artificial intelligence determined that you're a psychopath.
Airbnb has software that's meant to scan people's online presence to predict whether they're trustworthy, according to a patent filed last year. The software digs through people's internet posts, including social media activity, to detect illegal activity and scan for traits including "neuroticism," "narcissism, Machiavellianism, or psychopathy."
The short-term rental app has attempted to ensure the safety of guests and hosts in the wake of several high-profile crises in the past year. The company banned parties in its listings after five people were killed in an October shooting at an Airbnb in California, and other hosts have accused guests of incurring millions of dollars in damage.
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