Nextdoor eliminates its Forward to Police program

Neighborhood social networking app Nextdoor is stopping the Forward to Police feature, which allows users to send message board posts directly to local police, Bloomberg CityLab said. The site is increasing in research on how to handle communication with law enforcement agencies and how to deal with racism between members of the app.

“As part of our anti-racism efforts and efforts to make Nextdoor a welcome place for all our neighbors, we are reviewing every aspect of our product,” the company released in a blog post. "After talking to our members and public agency partners, the ability to communicate to the police did not meet the needs of our members and only a handful of law enforcement agencies chose to use this tool." ] Said that the posts in the app often feel unsafe and that the volunteer moderator silenced the post about the Black Lives Matter protest. Sarah Friar, CEO of Nextdoor, wrote a blog post on June 11 titled “The Next Door to Everyone”. "There is no next racial discrimination," said Friar.

The company emailed earlier this month to allow community leaders coordinating conversations about the app to allow discussions about Black Lives Matter. “To be sure, Nextdoor allows for talks about racial inequality and black life. “At the same time, all conversations, regardless of topic, must remain civil.”

According to Bloomberg CityLab, Nextdoor will definitely retain other features that enable communication with the police station. An app that includes sending and receiving direct messages.

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