By Sharon Chin

FREMONT (KPIX 5) – Nextdoor, a Bay Area-based social network aimed at connecting neighbors, is dealing with complaints that some users engage in racial profiling.

The company’s co-founder and CEO Nirav Tolia gave a word of caution to users. Tolia said in a statement, “Racial profiling on Nextdoor is unacceptable and is explicitly prohibited in our member guidelines. We are committed to curbing racial profiling on Nextdoor.”

The CEO was responding to complaints, that some of the app’s users were profiling innocent people.

Shikira Porter is from Neighbors for Racial Justice. The Oakland group will ask Nextdoor’s CEO to consider adding a form on the app, to help reduce racial profiling.

“In this form, you can check what was suspicious. We’ll have a list of options, like someone was going up and down driveways, someone was pulling on door handles,” Porter said.

Nextdoor said it will remind users not to engage in racial profiling, and add training on conflict resolution.

Tolia and Neighbors for Racial Justice plan to meet at the end of the month.

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