Airbnb disclaims responsibility for accidents that happen at properties booked through its platform. In general, its safety policies are meager in the extreme: The company offers liability insurance for landlords and homeowners; it offers free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to hosts in the U.S.; after the death of Stone's father, it began requiring new hosts to view safety tips during onboarding. Airbnb has more than 2 million properties on its platform. Certifying the safety of all those home, apartments, yurts and treehouses would be a herculean task, but it's more than mere logistics keeping Airbnb from doing more. As Stone notes, the more the company does to vet the safety of the dwellings it advertises, the more it's potentially liable in the inevitable event things do go wrong. It's a similar bind to the one facing companies, like Uber and Instacart, that employ large workforces of independent contractors but must refrain from training them to avoid running afoul of the IRS. Yet the idea that Airbnb has an excuse to do next to nothing is particularly unpalatable when you consider how ready the company is to drop its "passive platform" stance to drive bookings. Get the full story at Read also "Airbnb safety practices challenged by story of a father’s death" at TechCrunch