Nextdoor recently stopped recommending political groups to its users, OneZero has learned. The company had not publicly disclosed this change, but confirmed it when asked on Wednesday.
“We stopped allowing political groups in the main feed in mid-January,” Nextdoor spokesperson Edie Campbell-Urban told me via email. “The change is permanent.”
The move is significant because the company’s guidelines prohibit posts or threads about national politics in the main feed, so groups are the primary forum for these discussions.
Previously, Nextdoor regularly recommended political and other groups to all users in a module titled “Groups Near You” that appears periodically in…
Several days into the Bay Area uprisings over the killing of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin, and communities on Nextdoor, a neighborhood social network, erupted in predictable fearmongering.
“A peaceful protest is 1 thing, but I think looters should be shot,” wrote a Nextdoor user in San Francisco. “ON — THE — SPOT!”
“I don’t own a gun but curious how others are planning to defend themselves of their property in case riots get violent,” wrote another.
On August 14, a man broke into a home in the Shafter neighborhood in Oakland, California. According to the resident of the home, the alleged thief entered through a locked gate in the backyard, stole a laptop, jewelry, small electronics, and a shovel. Then he left.
After the robbery, the resident took photos of the thief that were snapped by their home surveillance network and uploaded them onto Nextdoor, a social media platform that connects those who live within the same geographical neighborhood. The post was meant both to warn others of the perpetrator as well as solicit advice for…