After the events last weekend in Charottesville, Virginia this past weekend, popular gaming-themed chat service Discord has announced the shut down of several servers associated with Alt-Right and white supremacist groups. Discord also banned individual users as part of the same course of action.
Discord released a public statement on Twitter, saying “Discord’s mission is to bring people together around gaming. We’re about positivity and inclusivity. Not hate. Not violence. Today, we’ve shut down the altright.com server and a number of accounts associated with the events in Charlottesville. We wil continue to take action against white supremacy, nazi ideology, and all forms of hate.”
The ground Discord has used to justify this action is the company’s Terms of Service. It says these groups, in supporting and organizing violence, has violated that agreement. Discord has spoken to difficulties in tracking this sort of activity down, citing its structure based on self-moderation, but is committing to paying closer attention and having users report suspect activity.