Public agencies, fire departments, police departments, and health departments, turned to Nextdoor every day to share important, real-time information with people in the community. Law enforcement had a feature called “Forward to Police,” that allows users on Nextdoor to forward an urgent alert,
The organization announced, “After speaking with members and public agency partners, it is clear that the “Forward to Police” feature does not meet the needs of our members and only a small percentage of law enforcement agencies chose to use the tool.”
“We have made the decision to remove the Forward to Police feature from Nextdoor.”
The company also notified moderators specifically instructing them to permit discussions about Black Lives Matter. “To be clear, conversations related to racial inequality and black lives matter are allowed on Nextdoor,” the instructions went on to say. “It is vital that all conversations remain civil — regardless of the topic.”
According to Bloomberg CityLab, Nextdoor will keep other services that enable communication with the police within the app, including the sending and receiving of direct messages.