The gaming chat app Discord tweeted that it shut down a chat server connected with AltRight.com, a hate-filled, white supremacist website associated with the alt-right movement. Discord also banned “a number of accounts” which were linked to white supremacists and neo-Nazis who assembled in Charlottesville, Virginia, for the “Unite the Right” rally.
“We will continue to take action against white supremacy, Nazi ideology and all forms of hate,” Discord said in a statement. It is expected to continue to shut down other servers associated with the alt-right in the coming months.
“Discord’s mission is to bring people together around gaming,” the statement continued. “We’re about positivity and inclusivity. Not hate. Not violence.”
While large web organizations like Facebook, Twitter, and Google have considered important the responsibility of fighting Islamist terrorist groups such as ISIS and al-Qaida, household hate groups have kept on thriving on the web. The recent violent rallies in Charlottesville, however, appear to be motivating a few organizations to rethink their allowing those associated with neo-Nazis and the purported “alt-right” to have space online.
“Our hearts go out to the general population influenced by the terrible occasions in Charlottesville,” a Facebook representative said in an announcement. “Facebook does not permit hate discourse or acclaim of fear acts or hate violations, and we are effectively evacuating any posts that laud the terrible demonstration conferred in Charlottesville.”
Per the app’s terms of service, those who “defame, libel, ridicule, mock, stalk, threaten, harass or abuse anyone” are in violation. Furthermore, its community guidelines caution that any users distributing intentionally harmful material to someone’s “physical or financial state” are in violation of the site’s terms and subject to immediate account deletion.
In other tweets, Discord stated that while they don’t read clients’ private discussions, they will quickly make a move when individuals damage their Terms of Service (Discord’s ToS forbids undermining or manhandling anybody).