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Jeremy Cherfas

Airbnb Promises to Verify All 7 Million Listings After VICE Report Exposes Scam, according to https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/vb58jd/airbnb-promises-to-verify-all-7-million-listings-after-vic....

At least until the next time.

Jeremy Cherfas

Jeremy Cherfas

Jeremy Cherfas

Jeremy Cherfas

John Naughton seems overly impressed by the distant blog of King's College Chapel. I prefer to think that Clare's Memorial Court occupies the centre of the frame.

Jeremy Cherfas

Perhaps it was from you that I learned about @georgethepoet. In any case, his episode on Grenfell Tower was astonishingly good. So full of understanding and also so provocative. Can't wait to get stuck in to the live episode.

Jeremy Cherfas

Jeremy Cherfas

I Accidentally Uncovered a Nationwide Scam Run by Fake Hosts on Airbnb - VICE

Even if my scammers had been slightly foiled, there was no guarantee that they couldn’t just start fresh with new profiles. The system was still in place. Airbnb has created a web of more than 7 million listings built largely on trust, easily exploitable by those willing to do so. Maybe it’s not so surprising that the company would rather play a half-assed game of whack-a-mole than answer basic questions about its verification process. For every person who doesn’t receive a complete refund, Airbnb makes money.

I've had good experiences on Airbnb so far, but this sort of thing makes me wary about continuing to push my luck. The hotel aggregation sites are little better.

Jeremy Cherfas

Everything is Amazing, But Nothing is Ours – alexdanco.com

The cost of ownership is up front and visible; the cost of access is back-dated and hidden.

Jeremy Cherfas