Discord is a free voice, video, and text chat app designed to help gamers talk to each other in real time.
Users can join a chat or discussion channel they’ve been invited to or they can create private servers and invite their friends to play and discuss games by voice, text, or video.
Unlike other popular social media platforms, people use Discord to build private, invite-only groups where users have the option of opting-in to conversations.
When signing up, users are asked to create a username, provide their email address and a password. Users have the option of turning on Two-Factor Authentication to add an extra layer of security to their passwords.
Discord claims to protect sensitive information—including contact information and conversations—from appearing in public search or chat.
Users also have the option to control how Discord uses their data. Within settings, users can adjust how Discord uses their data, if at all, and can also request all their data Discord has access to.
Privacy and Safety
Discord has designed features to protect users from inappropriate content or unwanted contact.
Users have the option of customising who can send them direct messages and can block unwanted messages and friend requests. Activating the ‘Keep me safe’ button will help achieve this.
Users can also block inappropriate content in User Settings. Turning on the ‘Explicit Content Filter’ will automatically detect and delete images and uploads containing explicit and inappropriate content.
Discord’s Community Guidelines can be found here.
To report a user who is behaving inappropriately, users can select ‘Support’ within the app’s settings. By selecting ‘Trust and Safety’ from the drop-down menu, users can make reports on harassment, hacking, threatening behaviour, doxxing, copyright, non-consensual image sharing, inappropriate content and are encouraged to screen shot evidence so they can attach it to the report.
Discord is a free app however there are options to make in-app purchases or set up subscriptions to access extensions, exclusive features or to upgrade to Discord Nitro.