Discord’s New Code Of Conduct Prohibits Using “Retard” And “Nigga” In Partnered Servers Starting April 18th
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Published screenshots from a Discord conversation between partnered server hosts and Discord’s staff revealed that they have plans to enact a new code of conduct policy for Partner Servers starting April 18th, 2019. The code of conduct was recently updated on March 21st, 2019 where they mentioned that partnered channels will need to crack down on abusive dialogue, discriminatory jokes and language, as well as “hate speech” against certain groups, or any kind of offensive, derogatory, or sexually explicit content.

If that sounds like the basic Code of Conduct you would expect from most large social media services, things get a little more nuanced and the staff at Discord begin to apply more micromanagement of what is allowed to be said and what isn’t. For instance, in Discord’s sub-reddit user Nerdorable posted screenshots of Discord’s staff basically stating that words like “retard” and “nigga” (with an ‘a’) are no longer going to be allowed to be said on Discord’s partner channels.

In a screenshot shared in the lengthy Reddit post, we see that certain words and “toxic behavior” will be prohibited from partnered servers on Discord if it makes people “uncomfortable”.

In case you can’t read the most pertinent part at the bottom, the Discord staff member cites a passage for the reasoning behind the new rules, which states…

“[…] reclamation is a powerful – But again, as a partnered server your server should be for everyone, this includes people who are okay with reclaiming the term and those who might be made extremely uncomfortable by it.

 

“Users who are okay with those terms being reclaimed, which is valid, should be aware that some people aren’t okay with it.”

So basically, the people who are more offended by certain terms than those who are not, will take precedence over those who are not offended by those terms. Hence, why Discord is holding partnered servers’ feet over the fire for removing text or users employing “toxic behavior”.

Obviously, the hosts running the partnered servers asked about a word list so they can avoid being penalized for allowing their users to say certain naughty words that Discord’s staff doesn’t want them saying. However, the staff responded by noting that there is no “naughty word list” and basically it’s going to be determined by what you wouldn’t say “in a public place”.

The operator of the /r/JoeRogan/ channel attempted to justify using words like “retard” in their server channel, but the Discord staff finagled its way out of it by claiming that servers aren’t just for the users but for “everyone” and that content must be curated for everyone’s feelings.

The relevant section from one of the Discord staff reads…

“Your server is for everyone, not just your coworkers. Context still matters, but you should be respectful of everyone, not just your in group of friends. As mentioned before, there are things you say in the privacy of your home [redacted]. And the people who don’t see it that way?”

The Reddit post concludes that while they understand what Discord is trying to do and believe in the importance of moderation, they believe that the staff at Discord are over-stepping their bounds and employing a “politically-correct polarity shift” that will do more harm than good.

Nerdorable rounded out the very lengthy Reddit post by writing…

“Imagine telling the community /r/Jokes that the “r-word” can’t be used, even in the context of a self-depreciating joke, because Discord deems it “inherently harmful”. Imagine telling the community /r/JoeRogan they can’t even discuss whether or not they consider the word harmful, because Discord deems that conversation “inappropriate” for them to have. Imagine telling the community /r/Kanye that the “n-word” can’t be used, even in the quoting of song lyrics, because Discord deems it “unnecessary” to discussing hip-hop.

 

”Discord seemingly wants to force a politically-correct polarity shift in how gamers communicate on their platform, but they’ve offloaded the burden (and blowback) of invoking that change onto their Discord Partners, who run a myriad of different communities. Some of the vernacular habits we’ve been told to quash are inextricably tied to feelings of racial identity and empowerment for our communities and a racial demographic. I wrote this excessively long post because, as well-meaning as I believe Discord’s intentions may be for its Partnered communities, I believe the path it is leading them down is both misguided and wrong.”

Let’s not forget that Discord went out of its way at one point to ban loli and shota content while defending furry cub porn, and only after an FBI investigation and a lot of news media attention did they finally opt to ban cub porn and remove a furry administrator from the staff. So this sort of move to censor speech, topics, or words that are even remotely center-Left is not surprising at all.

Discord is operated by far-Left extremist types who put the group feelings of the most sensitive people ahead of individual rights. As mentioned in the post, it will be interesting to see how some communities react to not being able to use words like “retard” or “nigga” in partnered channels come April 18th.

(Thanks for the news tip BulldozingCensorship)

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