Airbnb starts verifying user profiles

Airbnb, which helps people find vacation rentals all around the world, will now start verifying the identity of users by asking for their real-life papers, the company announced on Tuesday.

Airbnb is asking users to provide two forms of identification for a new verification process. The company takes people’s ID from Airbnb reviews and social media sites, like LinkedIn or Facebook, and asks users to fill in information only they would know or scan a photo ID to confirm a match.

The company is going to require 25 percent of its users in the U.S., chosen at random, to complete the process for now. It intends to expand the requirement worldwide so that all Airbnb members will be verified.

“Verified ID is the latest addition to our suite of trust tools,” the company wrote in its blog. “In the end, every member of our community must make their own decisions as to whom to interact and connect with. Determining whom to trust is a choice that each Airbnb host and traveler must make for themselves.”

To go through the process on your own, click here. The prompt will ask you to connect to a social media account and then you can choose if you want to scan a passport, ID card or driver’s license, or enter personal details — like your street address and the last four digits of your social security number

Airbnb said the information is gathered from public records and isn’t stored on the site.

Update, 10:22 a.m. PT:
Updated with more information about how the process works.

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