Nextdoor is trying to prevent neighbors from arguing about the midterms

Nextdoor is gearing up for a potentially contentious election season. Ahead of the midterms, the company says it will flag election-related posts with information about how to vote and use in-app warnings to remind users not to overly “heat up” political conversations.

In a blog post, the company says it will use “pop-up reminders” to encourage “civilian political discourse” over election-related posts. “Nextdoor will use pop-up reminders when hurtful or harmful language is detected or expected using predictive technology,” the company writes.

Nextdoor will remind neighbors not to fight over the midterms.

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It’s not the first time the company has used this type of reminder to prevent meanness between neighbors. The company had previously launched to remind people to “be empathetic” and keep conversations “constructive.” The latest notifications reflect this language. “Conversations about the election can get heated,” it says. “Check that you worded it constructively.”

In addition to reminders, the company also works with vote.org and other organizations on in-app messaging to encourage voter turnout and provide resources for registering to vote.

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