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Discord banned over 55 million accounts, 68 thousand servers in 6 months

The safety team at Discord had a busy first half of 2022.

Discord banned over 55 million accounts, 68 thousand servers in 6 months- The enormous, decentralised social platform Discord publishes quarterly safety reports, and adding together the ban counts for this year yields a startling result. From January to June 2022, Discord deleted 68,379 servers and deactivated 55,573,411 accounts. The majority of the banned accounts, which Discord refers to as “disabling,” were for “spam or spam-related crimes.”

The number of accounts lowers to 1,821,721 when looking at crimes other than spam. Spammy server conduct would probably come under more specific categories like unsolicited content, platform manipulation, or unlawful acts, thus there isn’t a similar statistic for servers as those can’t be spammers under Discord’s regulations.

Although there are many different types of non-spam server and account bans, the bulk of them are for child safety concerns, followed by exploitation and unsolicited content. If you’re unclear about how this operates in the ostensibly private realm of Discord, we have a piece for you: How private is the Discord server you use? (new tab opens) TL;DR: There are regulations and administrators on Discord, but they aren’t always keeping an eye on your streams and reading your messages.

The previous few years have seen a rise in scrutiny of extreme and criminal conduct on Discord, with child harm and hate-promoting content taking centre stage. Following a horrific massacre, the New York State Attorney General earlier this year began an inquiry into websites and apps used to disseminate hate, including Discord.

Discord believes that its bans are effective since only a very small portion of appealing account bans are overturned. only 2% in Q1 and 0.6% in Q2 were appeals. That indicates that just 3,098 of the 235,945 users who challenged a ban had their accounts restored.

Discord’s data on user-submitted complaints of infractions are only marginally interesting. From January to March, they responded to 24% of reports, and from April to June, 22%.

Those statistics on report actions do not account for Discord’s one-click complaints of spam; we have previously written on Discord’s never-ending cat and mouse battle with spammers. (new tab opens) It’s amazing to look at Discord’s spam statistics: Most spammers that are banned are never even reported by users. Users only reported 7,785,111 of the 27,733,948 accounts banned for spam in Q2—roughly 25%—so it appears that Discord filters out the majority of the spam before users even notice it.

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