Discord banned over 4m accounts in the first half of 2020

Discord banned over 4m accounts in the first half of 2020

Communications platform Discord has revealed that it booted more than four million accounts from its service in the first half of this year.

In its latest transparency report for the period between January and June 2020, the company said that it had banned 4,083,444 for spamming. The next biggest figure was over 150,000 accounts booted for exploitative content, while people kicked for harassment was the third-largest reason.

During the first half of 2020, Discord received around 235,000 reports from users, with the largest portion of this being due to harassment, which took a 36.6 per cent slice of the pie.

Around 3,500 users were warned about harassment, while in the region of 2,500 were giving warnings over not suitable for work (NSFW) content. Of those who were banned after warning, the largest portion was violation of platform rules.

"The last six months were a whirlwind for both the company and Trust & Safety," the company wrote.

"Our top priority has been making sure Trust & Safety scales with the needs of users and can continue to keep everyone safe on Discord. We received almost double as many reports in June as we did in January, and we’ve been working across the board on internal tools, machine learning, and hiring and onboarding new Trust & Safety employees in order to make sure we are able to keep up with all the new Discord users. We’re proud of where we stand today, but we also know there is more work to be done."

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