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Discord removed over 1.5k servers for violent extremism in second half of 2020

Discord removed over 1.5k servers for violent extremism in second half of 2020

Chat platform Discord reportedly cut more than 1,500 servers over violent extremism in the last six months of 2020.

That's according to the company's latest transparency report - for the period between July and December 2020 - in which it says that it has been taking action against militarised groups, such as the Boogaloo Boys, in addition to the QAnon conspiracy.

Discord says that it removed 1,504 servers for violent extremism, a "nearly" 93 per cent increase on the first half of 2020, while it also removed servers related to QAnon.

"We continue to believe there is no place on Discord for groups organizing around hate, violence, or extremist ideologies," Discord wrote.

During the second half of 2020, the company also received 3,662 legal requests from US law enforcement, 3,401 of which were valid.

Discord also banned 3,264,655 accounts for "spammy behaviour" and 266,075 for non-spam-related purposes. For the first six months of 2020, the company banned more than four million accounts.

Discord is currently apparently up for sale for around $10 billion. The firm is reportedly now in exclusive talks with Xbox parent company Microsoft about an acquisition, but there's no word on whether this is actually happening.

During 2020, Discord saw a huge influx of users thanks to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. As a result of this, the platform's revenue tripled for the year, likely inspiring that huge $10 billion price tag.


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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