Discord and Sentropy: The Social Platform and Its New AI Service
Discord is a popular group chat app that initially targeted the gaming community and allows its users to create servers with text channels, voice channels, and more with specific topics designated for each channel.
Now, Discord’s audience has branched out to all types of interests ranging from trading, music, art, and of course gaming. The application first launched in 2015 is now a huge platform for discussing interests and meeting new people online. During the height of the pandemic, Discord became an escape from monotonous daily lives just as all other social media platforms but specifically took off due to its text, voice, and live streaming capabilities.
The app now has over 140 million users and is only growing day by day. Popular influencers utilize its features to communicate with fans in a more personal way. The number of diverse conversations and communities that have been built are unrivaled in comparison to many other apps. It holds similarities to Slack and Microsoft Teams with its server capabilities, however, a major key point that sets Discord apart from many other apps is its ability to accommodate a variety of interests.
Discord, like most social media applications, has its dark side and harbors many cyberbullies and trolls that create unsafe places within generally uplifting communities. Although Discord has its own moderation tactics, this requires the help of volunteers and individual users to make it possible.
Recently, Discord has bought Sentropy, an anti-harassment and bullying AI service. Sentropy utilizes tools to monitor and detect abuse and harassment online while also giving autonomy to users by giving them the ability to filter and block messages and users who are contributing to the problem.
Furthermore, Sentropy is working together alongside Discord to grow and expand its safety measures and precautions especially because of its massive community with over 19 million distinct groups that could potentially pose a risk.
The acquisition not only strengthens Discord’s interface from malicious content and users but also increases the trust that individuals have with the service. Not to mention, the purchase of Sentropy will help groups of volunteers to properly moderate servers of the constantly growing platform.