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Nextdoor removed its ‘Forward to Police’ app feature after racial profiling concerns

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Nextdoor, the local social networking platform announced it was ending a feature that allowed users to share their concerns directly with local law enforcement.
The site has faced years of criticism that its close relationships with local authorities that are accessible through the app amplified unfounded concerns and racial profiling by its users.
The announcement came after Nextdor’s CEO said in a blog post that the platform “exists to foster” conversations that can connect neighbors and drive change in systemic racism “in a civil, productive way.” 
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Nextdoor, the online local networking platform for neighbors, announced it is ending its “Forward to Police” feature after it has long been criticized for facilitating racial profiling.

The feature was introduced in 2016 to allow users to directly share their posts with local police. It was one of several crime-monitoring tools on the site that have raised concerns about the ease with which users can trigger a police response based on unexamined suspicions as described by outlets like Bloomberg’s CityLab and The Atlantic.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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