VOX RECODE - Oct 27 - Though it's best known for wanting to help neighbors locate missing dogs, connect with babysitters, and find fellow hobbyists, that's not what some Nextdoor feeds look like in the days ahead of the 2020 election. Despite the company's efforts to keep things civil, some conversations on Nextdoor are becoming riddled with conspiracy theories and tense fights over local politics as well as the presidential race. Nextdoor, which has reportedly signed up ~10M users and ~220K neighborhoods in the US, is mulling an IPO and has long tried to set itself apart as a safe space for local discourse. For instance, a feature called a "Kindness Reminder" encourages people to be nice in their comments on the platform. Nextdoor prohibits false information that could interfere with voting and calls to incite violence. The company also doesn't allow political ads.
by Rebecca Heilweil
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