Recently, the founder of Block Party App, Tracy Chou hosted a Reddit Ask Me Anything, where users can literally ask anything to popular CEOs and celebrities. Things got a little heated between CEO Tracy Chou, and Reddit users.
I’m currently the founder and CEO of Block Party, a consumer app to help solve online harassment. Previously, I was a software engineer at Pinterest, Quora, and Facebook.
I’m most known for my work in tech activism. In 2013, I helped establish the standard for tech company diversity data disclosures with a Medium post titled “Where are the numbers?” and a Github repository collecting data on women in engineering.
Then in 2016, I co-founded the non-profit Project Include which works with tech startups on diversity and inclusion towards the mission of giving everyone a fair chance to succeed in tech.
Over the years as an advocate for diversity, I’ve faced constant/severe online harassment. I’ve been stalked, threatened, mansplained and trolled by reply guys, and spammed with crude unwanted content. Now as founder and CEO of Block Party, I hope to help others who are in a similar situation. We want to put people back in control of their online experience with our tool to help filter through unwanted content.
Ask me about diversity in tech, entrepreneurship, the role of platforms to handle harassment, online safety, anything else.
Then the privacy talk rightfully came to light.
One user replied:
Another user: “Perhaps by putting end-users first, you should start by having the legal docs reflect your values.”
I can say at the very least, I will never use Block Party App. Absolutely not. Her answers seem way to vague and non-caring of privacy concern. To me, privacy is everything even if one has nothing to hide. While we all have something to hide, our private conversations, banking information. This topic is not to be taken lightly, even by some lame duck CEO with a clear vision of being rich while making that money by selling data. Remind you of anyone? Facebook, perhaps? “FREE” but they sell your data right under your nose. It’s disgusting.