New York Times: Clueless About Discord? Read This.

New York Times: Clueless About Discord? Read This.. “The talking and texting app Discord is popular with video gamers who use it to plot strategy for blowing up virtual enemies. But Mieke Göttsche and Bianca Visagie, avid readers from South Africa, use Discord for hosting thoughtful book club discussions. I spoke with Göttsche and Visagie to better understand the appeal of Discord and why it has been in deal talks with Microsoft for a transaction that could top $10 billion. Talking through how their book club uses the app helped me to better understand what the fuss is about.”

Unicorn Riot: Discord At The Capitol

Unicorn Riot: Discord At The Capitol. “Much of the internet activity documenting involvement in the far-right D.C. riot has centered on right-wing Twitter clone Parler. A large amount of organizing for the event also took place over Facebook as well as encrypted chat platforms such as Matrix and Telegram. Another chat site, the gaming-oriented platform Discord, is associated with far-right violence after organizers of the 2017 neo-nazi rally in Charlottesville had their planning chats leaked by Unicorn Riot, leading to lawsuits and an FBI probe. While Discord has since cracked down on hate activity on their service, the company relies on user reports to ban users and chat groups, and still hosts many racist and far-right users to this day.”

How to Get Started With Discord: A Beginner’s Guide (MakeUseOf)

MakeUseOf: How to Get Started With Discord: A Beginner’s Guide. “Discord is most gamers’ favorite way to voice and video chat with their friends while gaming. It has also proven extremely popular for staying connected with friends recently, even without video games being involved. Discord is great for communicating with friends throughout the day and meeting new people through public servers. And at its core it’s just a fun place to hang out, with more to do than on other social media platforms.”

FTC: FTC Issues Orders to Nine Social Media and Video Streaming Services Seeking Data About How They Collect, Use, and Present Information

FTC: FTC Issues Orders to Nine Social Media and Video Streaming Services Seeking Data About How They Collect, Use, and Present Information. “The Federal Trade Commission is issuing orders to nine social media and video streaming companies, requiring them to provide data on how they collect, use, and present personal information, their advertising and user engagement practices, and how their practices affect children and teens.”

Polygon: Discord is purging alt-right, white nationalist and hateful servers

Polygon: Discord is purging alt-right, white nationalist and hateful servers. “Atomwaffen Division, The Right Server, Nordic Resistance Movement, Iron March and European Domas are just some of the servers that were shut down recently as part of Discord’s attempt to purge its platform of hateful content.” Discord is a chat app designed for gamers but some people just use it because they like it. Lifehacker has a good overview article.