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Why We Don’t Allow Political Advertising on Nextdoor

Written by Sarah Friar

At Nextdoor, our purpose is to empower neighbors everywhere to build stronger local communities. Unlike most platforms, our members are brought together by proximity and not by preference. Thus, Nextdoor members are more likely to be exposed to people with differing viewpoints. We value this diversity of opinion and think it is needed to bring neighbors together to solve local issues and build community.

With numerous elections around the world in 2020, we want to reiterate our longstanding policy of not allowing political advertising on the Nextdoor platform. We have experienced an increasing number of requests for campaign advertising, but feel that discussions about politics should not be influenced by paid advertisements. The authenticity of our neighborhood conversations should be driven by active, caring participants who each have an equal voice in the neighborhood.

We will continue to champion discourse around local politics and civic engagement that we see on Nextdoor every day. We have created a set of guidelines that we believe encourages open and civil dialogue and leads to the best of what happens on our platform and the connections that extend offline. Additionally, we allow organic posting within user-created groups about fundraising and campaign messages, and encourage neighbors to utilize Nextdoor Groups to organize around local issues and engage in civic action.

When everyone in a neighborhood comes together to make change at the local level, we build stronger local communities. We will keep building Nextdoor to facilitate that. 

Thank you for being a part of our community and our global neighborhood.

54 Comments

    • I joined next door for a good reason. I had just moved to the area, through being here I found a great yard man tree removal, plumber, Dr and eye Dr. I have never been disappointed with anyone I hired from here. Thank you for offering, number 1 no politics, so sick of it. And I love all the nice ppl I have met.

    • Thank you for giving us a sanctuary from all the childish, blame games that is called politics. I have nothing but the upmost respect for Nextdoor.

  • This is a good solid and rational decision by Nextdoor. Politics should be off limits. Allowing posts on this topics is just asking for discourse and negative feelings among Neighbors. The subject of Politics should be a personal and private topic; not to be shared in a public forum.

    Thanks Nextdoor!

  • Thank you Sarah, that levels the playing field and removes any taint of favoritism. I like it that everyone can make up their own mind without having to consider HOW MUCH DID THE CANDIDATE PAY FOR THIS AD? Not eveyone running for public office has an unlimited bank account.

  • I think we can definitely live without any more political advertising! We’re inundated with it everywhere else, after all. It’s nice to take a breat!

  • I think this was a wise decision. I’ve seen bickering & smart-ass comments just about “neighborly” things on Next-door – cannot imagine the bickering that would go on over politics…..Very Good Decision!

  • I believe in the Gleneagles bylaws from beginning signs were not permitted in yards. Don’t know if the bylaws are still in effect.

  • When I learned of Nextdoor it appeared as another advertising tool.

    Because of the strong commitment to bring neighbors together, I signed up.

    Didn’t do it for politics,gossip or profit.
    I signed up for strengthening and making our neighborhoods…..well, neighborhoods.

    Hope that this blog is successful.

    For God and neighbor.

  • I wholeheartedly agree with your policy of not allowing political advertisements on Nextdoor, mainly because politics, especially in today’s heated political environment, cause divisiveness among neighbors, not congeniality and friendship.

    • Thank you for giving us a sanctuary from all the childish, blame games that is called politics. I have nothing but the upmost respect for Nextdoor.

  • So, It is well written and leaves the reader with the distinct impression that the writer cares about their topic and this tool and their community.

    • As a Lead for our Nextdoor neighborhood I agree that political and religious post just create discontent. Members can’t agree to disagree.

  • As and active Lead on nextdoor involved in citizen involvement in local government affairs, I have been appointed to our City Charter Review Committee. It meets every eight years with the make up of (7) citizen members.
    All our neighborhoods are organized around city recognized neighborhoods with nextdoor.com being the best platform for open and transparent communication. Would it be OK to survey the 16,000+ city-wide nextdoor.com members to solicit their input for suggesions and proposed changes via the survey method to all nextdoor.com communities?

  • I joined next door for a good reason. I had just moved to the area, through being here I found a great yard man tree removal, plumber, Dr and eye Dr. I have never been disappointed with anyone I hired from here. Thank you for offering, number 1 no politics, so sick of it. And I love all the nice ppl I have met.

  • What you are trying to do is what I had growing up. You knew your neighbors and talked to them everyday. You shared happiness and sorrow. Everyone kept an eye on everyones kids. Little Johnny knew if he did something wrong someone was watching and his parents would be told. If kids got into a fight no one called the cops. They called the parents and they handled it as adults. They didn’t get angry at the other parent. They appreciated it. Sure you had some busybodies but everyone knew and accepted it. If a child was away from home and had an injury a neighbor patched and kissed the boo-boo and if necessary took them home. Neighbors cared about each other.

  • It is difficult to draw the line on what is or is not politics. The Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said, “I know it when I see it…” I agree with no advertising of politics. But I assume we can still talk about taxes, schools, policing and security, the HOA and its funding, and community and agency actions that affect us. My vote is to allow surveys to determine resident opinions on these and more. Otherwise it just becomes a social site to find lost cats and dogs.

    • I go through that problem every week when people want me to print their views on the candidates. I have a simple format. If it contains information about our community elections, go for it. If it’s National – NO.

      We also don’t talk about sex lines, race or religion. Simple. We are local and I damn well will be keeping it so.

    • Justice Stewart was pondering obscenity, not politics when he uttered that famous phrase.

      Although listening to Congressman Adam Schiff these last few days, I can see how someone could confuse politics with obscenity.

    • I am so happy that Nextdoor Blog has decided to eliminate discussion on politics! It’s on the news constantly and it needn’t be on this post which pertains to neighbors helping other neighbors with answers or suggestions. Any person that would be upset by this decision, must have a desire to express their political views. Please, go to the poll and vote! Sit back for 4 years and accept what the majority decided whether you are happy or not! I have to, we all do! Thank you again Nextdoor Blog for being so sensible.

      • I don’t think shutting down any political discourse is what Nextdoor is intending. Like it or not, politics ARE a part of our neighborhoods. I believe what they are saying is that no paid political advertisements will be accepted. A very different thing.

  • I feel the one part of politics we should accept is our city council member this member is here for their constituents and the back yards of their own neighbors and neighborhood’s. Encourage your city council leader to post on nextdoor.
    I don’t think it hurts to get political views if there for the positive not the negitive

    • Lorrie,

      You wrote, “[O]ur city council member this member is here for their constituents . . ..” I am not so naive, and on the contrary, I maintain that by far the majority of politicians, whether they be city council members or state or federal elected officials, are here for their own benefit. Rare is the time when a politician does not act to satisfy his or her own benefit, whether it be immediately or directly pecuniary, or financially beneficial in the future.

  • Allowing retail stores in our community to advertise is not offensive because it is local and may be helpful for some. There is no redeeming quality in allowing politics to ruin this wonderful and helpful blog. Please keep politics off this post or I for one will definitely delete it and that would make me extremely unhappy.

  • Were not talking about politics here and there you bring it up didn’t you understand no politics No politics No politics No politics !!!

  • I’m glad that you don’t allow political advertising on Nextdoor, but in my neighborhood, most of the email notifications that I’m getting ARE advertising.
    It’s getting to the point where I just delete them instead of opening Nextdoor to read the messages.
    Although it’s interesting to read messages from other that live in our community, I’m thinking about withdrawing, to avoid the ads.

  • I can understand the rejection of regional and national politics, but on the local level I think there is a distinction between campaigns for public office and those for ballot measures like school bonds and taxes. These ballot measures should be allowed to tell there stories at the neighborhood level via paid advertising.

  • Hi Rick, I understand your concern(s), but this is Sunland-Tujunga. And that says it all. There are other forums for “politicians” to post on. Let’s just keep this one sane for everyone’s sake. NO POLITICS!

  • I don’t think shutting down any political discourse is what Nextdoor is intending. Like it or not, politics ARE a part of our neighborhoods. I believe what they are saying is that no paid political advertisements will be accepted. A very different thing.

  • The Nextdoor site seemed to be such a wonderful idea. And for a while, it was. We shared recommendations for local restaurants, merchants, and services. We helped our newly-found neighbors look for their lost beloved pets and rejoiced together when there was a happy ending. We were warned about coyote sightings and alerted about possible zoning changes that would negatively impact some of our homes and property values. We learned about upcoming garage sales and fundraisers for charities and school sports. We reached out to our neighbors and offered to help. It was a coming together of strangers who shared one commonality…we lived near each other.
    Now, all of that has changed. Politics has become a central topic and the comments have become ugly and vitriolic with name-calling, unfounded accusations, and misrepresentation of the facts. So, even though Nextdoor does not permit paid political advertisements, it has nevertheless become a political platform. Nextdoor is now a mirror-image of the division and dysfunction in our nation.
    Mr. Rogers would no longer be able to recognize our neighborhood.

    • Hit the nail on the head, Cynthia. I stopped watching the news. I snoozed my Facebook friends who constantly posted political comments. My daughter told me about Nextdoor. It was great. I literally saved thousands of dollars by using contractor recommendations by folks in my neighborhood. I had no problem with the local political issues being discussed. I learned a lot about how our town works. But lately, the national political posts have become more common. It’s Facebook all over again except you all live in the same neighborhood. And it’s getting worse. I get the idea of attracting eyeballs and generating revenue. But if it means political vitriol goes on unabated, then ND will become yet another divisive social media forum.

      • Please, let’s continue with the NO POLITICS policy! I too enjoy learning about local news and best people to hire! Don’t ruin a wonderful thing!

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