Gamer voice and text chat app company Discord is shutting down servers and accounts associated with the neo-nazi events in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend.
The company announced today on Twitter that it has already shut down altright.com – a large server notorious for its hateful content – and banned a number of its members.
Discord CEO Jason Citron told Polygon the company will continue to pursue investigate servers that violate Discord’s terms of service and promote hateful content or incite violence.
"Discord was built to bring people together through a love of gaming and our mission is to connect positive communities who share this appreciation," said Citron.
"We unequivocally condemn white supremacy, neonazism, or any other group, term, ideology that is based on these beliefs. They are not welcome on Discord.
"While we don’t read people’s private servers our Terms of Service explicitly forbid harassment, threatening messages, or calls to violence. When hatred like this violates our community standards we act swiftly to take servers down and ban individual users," he continued.
"The public server linked to AltRight.com that violated those terms was shut down along with several other public groups and accounts fostering bad actors on Discord. We will continue to be aggressive to ensure that Discord exists for the community we set out to support – gamers."
Love. Not hate. pic.twitter.com/5xFpvHTuI2— Discord (@discordapp) August 14, 2017
Back on Twitter, Discord stated that its staff do not read people's private conversations, and that they felt censorship is a slippery slope. As such, the company only takes action when its guidelines or terms of service are violated, such as when users actively endorse violence against others. The company said it will continue to take a stance against white supremacy, nazi ideology, and all forms of hate.
Responding to questions about shutting down Black Lives Matter and antifa (anti-fascist) servers, a Discord rep replied: "No one has a right to threaten violence against other people. When we become aware of msgs that violate our ToS/Guidelines, we take action... We’re enforcing our Community Guidelines, and will take action on any/all msgs or users who are organizing raids/doxxing/inciting violence."