When you need to keep a Discord account open 24/7, here’s how to do it
We’re constantly reminded of Discord’s popularity by its ability to keep tabs on its users’ progress and social media activity, and to keep them updated on the state of its affairs.
As a result, many people have opted to create a Discord channel for each of their personal or professional interests, and the platform’s ability to allow its users to follow and interact with each other has become an essential part of the digital landscape.
But Discord has also been accused of engaging in a dark side.
One of the most popular accounts to do so, the Discord-affiliated subreddit, has been used to harass, intimidate and harass, and even to commit hate speech.
The recent scandal surrounding the harassment of former League of Legends developer Dan “Dendi” Ishak, whose account was deactivated after he threatened the character of another popular streamer, has highlighted the need to reform the platform.
And now, Discord is taking steps to address concerns about its community.
In a post published on Discord’s official blog on Wednesday, the company announced a new feature which will allow its subscribers to “block users who violate their community guidelines”.
The announcement comes as Discord continues to deal with a spike in the number of users complaining about the harassment they experience in the platform, particularly in the realm of harassment towards other Discord users.
The feature is called “blocker”, and will allow Discord users to designate their preferred online blockers to block specific individuals or groups of people, according to the post.
Users can select “blockers” from a list of three or four options, with the option to add as many as they wish, with a limit of two blockers per account.
This is the third time Discord has introduced a feature that allows its users a more personalised approach to moderating the platform – last year, users were given the option of “mute” their chat, and in 2015, the service added a “blocklist” of users that could be “unmasked”.
While this feature was first introduced to users in November 2015, it has since grown to become a key tool for Discord users, with some users creating blocklists of themselves, others being blocked, and others not.
While the “block list” feature was introduced to Discord in November, its “blockbot” was introduced earlier in March, and now it appears the latter has been extended to allow for a “whitelist” of accounts, which can be used by users to block other users from accessing the platform if they “violate the rules”.
This new feature will be available to Discord users starting next month, with more features and functionality to come in the future.