How Airbnb's Data hid the Facts in New York City

February 10, 2016

A Report by Murray Cox and Tom Slee

On December 1 2015, Airbnb made data available about its business in New York City, with much fanfare. This report shows that the Airbnb data release misled the media and the public.

A major part of Airbnb's recent data release was a snapshot of New York City listings as of November 17, 2015. This report shows that the snapshot was photoshopped: in the days leading up to November 17, Airbnb ensured a flattering picture by carrying out a one-time targeted purge of more than 1,000 listings. The company then presented November 17 as a typical day in the company’s operations and mis-represented the one-time purge as a historical trend.

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Key Facts

The Report

Download the full report by Murray Cox, of Inside Airbnb; and Tom Slee, Author of What’s Yours is Mine

For the Press

Download the press release

Contact Details

In the Press

Get the Data

To access the Inside Airbnb data behind the report, download it here for your own analysis.

Get Tom Slee's data set as a set of CSV files for 2014, 2015, 2016.