Stop Racial Profiling on Nextdoor.com
Honorable Oakland Mayor Schaaf,
Nextdoor.com is a social networking service for neighbors to share information; unfortunately the design of the Crime and Safety section promotes racial profiling. Profiling causes real harm to children and families, and creates fear and mistrust between neighbors, as illustrated in the recent East Bay Express article, Racial Profiling Via Nextdoor.com, by Sam Levine.This problem has been well documented in the press (see links below), but with the exception of unenforced anti-profiling guidelines; Nextdoor.com has taken no meaningful steps to resolve this problem.
The City of Oakland and the Oakland Police Department should stop all posting on Nextdoor.com until the software design flaws, which promote racial profiling on their social media platform, are corrected. The company should also provide competent oversight and manage Moderators and Leads, so that their product is not used to promote profiling, bias, or hate toward neighbors of color.
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