AirBnb Hungary: 2022-01-24 20:00

There was a more creative main title, AirBnb is involved in illegal activities but I let the reader to make decisions and draw conclusions.

During all the recent years as a frequent traveller, myself also used to use this service to find accommodations around the world. Then in last spring I decided not to do it anymore.

The reasons were not-so simple. One day I wanted to do a booking, whereas the system told me that I can't, at least until I upload a photo of myself. I saw this already, in those cases I wrote to the accommodation owner that I would prefer not to do so. Then the owner usually agreed and disabled this requirement on the property's interface for the time of being, since I'm a young, tall and nice man. All were fine then, and the deal was done.

And I'm a nice touring motorcyclist.

Not that type of moto'cyclist.

I was at this other accommodation, where I wanted to park the bike under the patio. Granted, it was a brand newly built patio.

The weather wasn't too bad, although very strong sunshine hit which isn't particularly deadly for a motorcycle, yet certainly ages the paint and the parts faster.

The reason why I couldn't use the covered patio: The master builder said I mustn't let them park on this patio because the motorcycle stand will scratch it, or it will break when the motorcycle falls over.

Good point. Motorcyclists love to see their bikes damaged.

The solution? Oh well, for a few thousand bucks extra, he built a spot next to the trash.

Charming personalities of the construction business.

This time I asked the same from the owner, who clearly disabled the photo requirement — I still couldn't confirm the reservation. After the struggle, I sent a message to the AirBnb support, what's going on, this wasn't required until now. They blamed the owner, and with blank face said it's the owner's property setting.

It wasn't, I had strong reasons to believe that it became a default system setting, irrespectively to the property owners' decision. This was a dead end, and ultimately decided I have better things to do than having a communication like this with AirBnb.

Have you ever noticed that nowadays you can consider yourself lucky if you talk with someone who actually writes his or her full name into the messages?

What could be the reasons behind this?
And finally decided that after all the years, too much dollars paid to them — I will not continue with the services of AirBnb and delete my account.

Which so far hasn't happened. AirBnb said that they will delete my account only, if I provide them my government ID. I said what. They put me onto courses of offtrack, either intentionally or by ignorance with the promises that I can do the identification in other ways, but finally they were only diversions. I must handle over my government ID, but of course only for my own safety.

Interesting enough, when you've been an active member of the system with traceable reservations for years, are able to communicate with them through email, phone, the own AirBnb messaging interface, then they want you to believe that only your government ID is the authentication.

No, it isn't. It just proves one scary fact: the security of the AirBnb system is weak, and must not be trusted.

AirBnb tries to make their own biosphere, laws and rules based on that you just stepped onto their lawn — and ignoring the real world obligations. It's getting clearer they think their own interests allow them to step over anything, including other countries and their legislation too.

But-oh-my. Their rights.

Butohmy, if you wanted to communicate while excluding them, they will snarl viciously.

An about five, upmost six years old can circumvent that system easily, which hides the numbers and URL addresses: write around the place and time of meeting with complex words. Use spaces or any other characters instead of dots in URLs or email-addresses. Write phone numbers with letters. Use dictionaries and translate the content to different languages. To my last memories, you can upload images too: write all the info onto a paper with a humanly readable style, but hardly for computer recognition, then attach that to the message. You'll figure out the rest.

Not to mention, AirBnb was one of the early dubious birds of victories who started to allow only archive messages and deactivate profiles instead of deleting them. Only for your safety, no doubt.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but AirBnb is only a business entity — not an authority. They may have fluffy cloud servers, they may moved enough number of people into their system, they may be all and shiny with cute little hearts and positive thoughts in their messages — but that's not how things work. These still don't give them any right to force out the user's government IDs. And to make it clear: forcing someone to handle over his or her ID card when you don't have the right to do so, among other things this means that you are impersonating an officer. And that is an illegal and criminal activity in most, even minimally developed countries of the world.

I looked up the dictionary
Wanted to find the definition of The Epitome of Smug. After flipped a few pages, I found the AirBnb founders Brian Chesky, Nate Blecharczyk, Joe Gebbia and their photographs on their site with the following explanatory lines:

We made the deal of the century.

AirBnb China.

How much do you think we need or care about you — anymore?

You mean take it to the court, complain at the authorities? Please, just go for it.

Don't forget to refer to your GDPR rights, lol.

The difference between Facebook and AirBnb
Facebook was really free. It never asked your money. Took about 15 years, but it deserves respect by now they admitted the free candy in the van business model. AirBnb on the other hand doesn't only want your money, but they also want to extort your legally binding records as well.

They still hold my data as a hostage in their system, using it to force out my personal IDs.

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