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Imzy, A Social Network Based on Kindness, Opens Its Doors to the Public
By: The Verge
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Can you make a large online space where people treat each other like human beings, without sacrificing the freedom of anonymity? It’s a question that social networks like Twitter, which just decimated its workforce in a push for profitability, have been struggling to answer. But a company called Imzy, founded by veterans of Reddit and Twitter, has spent the last several months laying the foundation for what it hopes will be a kinder and more manageable social network. This week, it’s going from an invite-only beta to a fully open platform, after raising $8 million in a funding round led by Index Ventures.

“We're not a media company,” says Dan McComas, CEO of Imzy. “Your eyeballs are not what we're trying to monetize here. What we really want is a well-functioning community.” Like Reddit, where McComas and five other Imzy co-founders formerly worked, Imzy lets users create communities based on shared interests. But its community guidelines place a greater premium on kindness, and it bans content like gore and pornography. Former Reddit community management head Jessica Moreno, who now holds the same position at Imzy, previously called it an attempt to “set a standard for a better internet.”

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