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The rise of fear-based social media like Nextdoor, Citizen, and now Amazon’s Neighbors

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  1. DonQuixote Link
    My observation has been that Nextdoor is a great sales tool for security device installers. We live near a bird sanctuary, and lately the fear on Nextdoor has been more about owls tearing heads...

    My observation has been that Nextdoor is a great sales tool for security device installers. We live near a bird sanctuary, and lately the fear on Nextdoor has been more about owls tearing heads off of cats and coyotes attacking small dogs.

    I can well imagine, based on observation of current social media "etiquette" that stereotyping and racism is increasing, especially in urban areas. I feel like technology is just steps away from observation of everyone and everything being the norm, as it already seems to be in some places. Orwell and his Thought Police were nothing compared to the watchfulness of putting a handheld camera into everyone's mobile device.

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  2. smeg Link
    I primarily use Nextdoor to keep track of city council issues that pertain to my neighborhood. But it's definitely used by certain people in the neighborhood to share paranoid spins on what were...

    I primarily use Nextdoor to keep track of city council issues that pertain to my neighborhood. But it's definitely used by certain people in the neighborhood to share paranoid spins on what were probably innocuous events (someone 'suspicious' ringing the door, etc).

    My HOA doesn't use it at all, though, because they aren't the "Neighborhood Lead" and can't use it to censor people like they do on their Facebook page.

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