Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, incl Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, TechSpot, ZDNet, and CNET. Stay in touch via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Airbnb today expanded its Verified ID process for improving accountability between renters and property owners on its service. The company now accepts Google and Weibo accounts, which have over 540 million and 500 million active users, respectively.
Verified ID badges are plastered on Airbnb profiles to indicate a guest or host has matched their name on their online ID to the name on their offline identification. Airbnb launched Verified ID back in April 2013 with support for Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.
Since then, over 15 million guests have stayed on Airbnb. In the US, where the feature first launched, nearly half of users that made a booking had a Verified ID last week, and outside the US that number was nearly a third. With support for two additional accounts, those numbers should continue to grow.
See also – Airbnb will launch a program for superhosts, performance-tracking tools, and calendar improvements in 2014 and Airbnb updates design and introduces controversial new Bélo logo
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