Discord Bans Alt-Right Servers and Users Following Charlottesville Clash

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Discord, a voice and text chat service targeted to gamers, has banned several alt-right servers and users following the clash at Charlottesville last week.

In a statement titled “Love. Not hate,” the company issued a warning to “all forms of hate.”

“Discord’s mission is to bring people together around gaming. We’re about positivity and inclusivity. Not hate. Not violence,” they declared. “Today, we’ve shut down the altright.com server and a number of accounts associated with the events in Charlottesville. We will continue to take action against white supremacy, nazi ideology, and all forms of hate.”

In another tweet, Discord claimed they do not “read people’s private conversations and censorship is a slippery slope.”

“We will take action when people violate our Guidelines/ToS, and actively endorse violence against others,” they continued.

The company took action after activist and journalist Laura Loomer posted several purported Discord screenshots of alt-right users allegedly planning to interrupt the funeral of a protester who was killed in Charlottesville.

After being questioned whether they would suspend Antifa and far left servers, Discord replied that they would “take action against any servers that are found to be violating our Guidelines and ToS, esp for inciting violence against people.”

Other tech companies have taken steps against far-right groups in the wake of the violent Charlottesville clashes. Both GoDaddy and Google cut off domain service to neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer this week. The website is currently offline.

Charlie Nash is a reporter for Breitbart Tech. You can follow him on Twitter @MrNashington or like his page at Facebook.


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