Discord Updates Community Guidelines Following Blowback, Bans Furry Cub Porn
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Discord was dragged through the mud recently for having a very inconsistent policy on content bans. The moderators made it known through the community guidelines that lewd loli and shota content were banned, but they allowed for what was called “cub porn”, which is the sexualization of child-like animals. A lot of people took Discord to task for this double-standard, and after various articles popped up and lots of negativity was spread around about the company, they finally decided to update their community guidelines and ban cub porn along with lewd loli and shota content.

On February 13th, 2019 there was a post made explaining how Discord failed in being consistent with its guidelines and how they needed to be more transparent and fair in moderating content on the Discord servers. They also addressed cub porn, stating that it would now be banned along with lolicon and shotacon material…

“Over the past couple of weeks, posts have appeared inquiring about Discord’s stance on a niche area of NSFW policy, which is cub porn. A screenshot of an email we sent about a year ago in February 2018 has garnered significant commentary and criticism about our policy. […]

 

“[…] Discord’s current policy is that anything human or humanoid is forbidden (including anthropomorphized characters). This includes most cub pornography.

 

“While this is already more restrictive than what the law requires, we’ve received feedback that we’re not comprehensive enough here. As of today, we’re changing our policy to ban all cub porn. This means the sexualization of minor ban now extends to non-humanoid animals and mythological creatures as long as they appear to be underage. We’re adding “cub” to the list of categories, after lolicon and shotacon, to our Community Guidelines to clarify that this content is not allowed on Discord.”

They also state that according to Federal law lolicon/shotacon are illegal, citing the Cornell Law School entry for 18 U.S. Code § 1466A, which relates to visual depictions of obscenity involving minors. However, actual obscenity violations are first handled on a state-by-state case before heading to Federal court.

This particular topic has been an ongoing debate at Discord since last summer, when they initially banned partnered channels from having NSFW content on their servers, as reported by Kitguru. However, things escalated when users noticed double standards for furry and ub porn but not lolicon and shotacon material.

However, after catching lots of flak from users, some media outlets, and YouTubers, Discord finally relented and decided to ban all material involving lewd lolis, shotas, and cubs, as recounted by YouTuber Rigozen.

Not everyone is happy with this turn of events, though, because it means that more content is censored rather than less content being censored. Some people feel this continues to move Discord in a more authoritarian direction by censoring the lolis and cubs, as opposed to allowing both forms of lewd content on the platform. But then there are some people who are just happy that the censorship is now being applied even-handedly, as opposed to allowing one form of material on the platform while banning the other.

That’s not to mention that the Discord administrators tried to defend cub porn and explain why loli content was worse than cub content by saying that the former could turn people into real life pedophiles but not the latter. That kind of justification did not go down well with the community at all.

At this venture, though, Discord decided to put a blanket ban on all fictionally drawn material and decided to use obscenity laws as a shield for the decision.

(Thanks for the news tip shadow heart)

(Main image courtesy of Nekojishi)

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