McComas is the CEO and cofounder of Imzy, a social platform that wants to banish hate and harassment from the beginning.

Both services foster fresh, vibrant discussions.

To help create this vision of a positive online community, Imzy will power the online forums of Lenny Letter, Lena Dunham s feminist-themed newsletter.

Other high-profile partners include Dan Harmon, Feral Audio and Black Girls Talking.

No Hate in this State

Since launching in private beta last month, Imzy has amassed 12,000 users and 1,500 topic-based forums or communities.

James Grimmelmann, a law professor at the University of Maryland, studies how technology shapes communities and says such an approach offers upsides—and downsides.

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