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2021 Dirty Dozen List: Discord

Dirty Dozen List 2021 - Discord

Discord Is A Haven For Gamers—And Sexual Exploiters

Discord, a popular communication service used by over 100 million active monthly users, has exploded in popularity since the onset of COVID-19 sent most of the world into the digital space. But what started in 2015 as a haven for gamers has quickly morphed into a virtual meeting spot where sexual exploitation and abuse thrive….



Sexual Grooming of Minors

Discord has facilitated a space for sexual grooming by abusers or sex traffickers, leaving it anything but a safe and friendly place for minors. These abusers or traffickers know minors are on Discord, and utilize the platform to engage with minor users through mutual servers and direct messaging. Here are just a few examples of…



Failure of Safety Settings

Discord’s Safety Settings Fail to Protect Children Here are screenshots of parent reviews:     Discord has also struggled to protect children who use their platform from being targeted and contacted directly by adult predators. These bad actors are notorious for using and abusing online gaming systems and social media sites like Discord to befriend…



Non-consensually Recorded and/or Shared Pornography

Discord’s lack of robust moderation has allowed pornography to flourish within its thousands of servers. Pornography trading—often including illegally-obtained, non-consensual, and even child sexual abuse material—is rampant on Discord. Entire servers are dedicated to finding and sharing non-consensual sexual images of girls and women—sometimes known as revenge porn. Links to these pornography servers are scattered…