Discord bans pro-Trump server “The Donald” because of “its overt connection to an online forum used to incite violence and plan an armed insurrection” — The server had connections to the banned r/The_Donald subreddit — Discord has banned a server called “The Donald”.
As a result of a Discord ban, a server called “The Donald” has been temporarily suspended due to its links to banned subreddits r/The_Donald and TheDonald.win. Platformer writer Casey Newton (and a regular contributor to the Verge) was the first to report on the news.
As a result of the ban, Discord is no longer able to provide evidence that the server was used to organize the riots that occurred two days ago. Nevertheless, the company says that it has no evidence that the server was used to coordinate the riots.
There is no tolerance for hate or violence in our Discord community at all, and we also do not allow the use of Discord to support or organize violent extremism of any kind, according to a statement Discord posted to The Verge. The Discord team has decided today to ban the entire server because of its overt connection to an online forum known as The Donald, which has been used to incite violence, plan armed insurrections in the United States, and spread harmful misinformation related to 2020 U.S. election fraud. There is no evidence that the server was involved in organizing the Jan 6 riots, but it has been banned since then.
A pro-Trump subreddit named r/The_Donald was banned by Reddit in June following the expansion of its hate speech policies to explicitly ban this type of speech. Former members of the r/The_Donald community congregated on the Donald’s Discord server following the ban, as described in this Mother Jones article published in October of last year.
As a result, Reddit also banned the unofficial pro-Trump subreddit r/donaldtrump on Friday after it had been violated repeatedly in recent days in reference to the violence at the US Capitol.