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Nextdoor making changes after backlash due to racial profiling

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A popular website that allows neighbors across the country to report crimes, lost pets or even offer services, is making some changes after backlash over what some are calling racial profiling.

Nextdoor is used by more than 1,000 communities across the United States and is often used by people to let neighbors know if a home was burglarized, mail was stolen or other local crimes.

The site has been subject to controversy for how some users report suspicious people, especially in California, where some say Nextdoor is providing a platform for people to spread racial bias.

"Folks were writing posts like, 'Black man driving by slowly making a u-turn, watch out.' Maybe this man was looking for his friend's house and now you've blasted his information and connecting him to a possible crime," said Shikira Porter with Neighbors for Racial Justice.

Nextdoor responded to the claims and said they are making changes. 

Users will now have to fill out more forms and answer specific questions to make sure what they're reporting is fair.

Nextdoor's CEO said any kind of discrimination goes against the company's mission to create safer neighborhoods.

The new changes and features will be completed summer 2016.

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