Discord vs FREE SPEECH!? nope.

Tech and Science News: Discord vs FREE SPEECH!? nope.

Discord's in the spotlight for banning a server belonging to the Alt Right political group, with similar moves following from GoDaddy, Reddit, Google, and others. This has some decrying the death of free speech on the internet. Except... that's not how free speech works.

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  • teagaaaaaaan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    we understand that free speech is only in regards to the government censorship however peoples problem is that all of these companies claim to be free communication services in adverts and then ban people the moment some sjw or conservative equivalent bitches

  • MJB328 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Blue Team RULES!!!!!!!!!

    3 months ago

    Look I have no sympathy for neo-nazis or the kkk they're all fucking retards, but does this mean they'll be shutting down Antifa discords as well, since they're basically the Alt Lefts equivalent to Alt Right groups like kkk and neo-nazis. The world needs to be rid of both extremist groups but it if Discords doesn't go after Antifa as well this is a biased as fuck censorship

  • EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Eric Hohoho! Vela

    3 months ago

    No privately-run service is required to allow all conduct. ToS often explain such and usually include threats and the participation or promotion of hate crimes. They almost always say that such terms are subject to change without notice as a catch-all to cull activities that they didn't predict.


    Sorry. If those services say, "no" to your activities, they're within their rights to do so regardless what your activities are. They're merely not allowed to discriminate because of the individual user. They can freely discriminate based on the activities of the users, though.


    If someone wants a guaranteed open forum for their online activities, they must provide it themselves. That's how the Internet works. (Most online services make no guarantees that their service will always be available.)


    The issue is when the government shuts down speech. (Shutting down criminal actions are fair game, though.) The government isn't the one shutting down those forums.

  • HsKmikki FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    all my rights can be taken away as long as i get to play dauntless alpha this friday.. 

  • AArthriticGamer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Arthritic Gamer

    3 months ago

    Freedom of speech is only worthwhile if it protects speech you disagree with.

    • DavidtheWavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 months ago

      Murder isn't speech. Attempted murder is not speech. 

  • AishaAdventures FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Yomiko Readman's twin

    3 months ago

    Good job tackling this subject matter. 

    I'm not sure exactly when public discourse, the ability to understand basic cause & effect relationships, actual knowledge of history and how it shapes ideals was lost, but it would be pretty freaking rad if those things became foundational and fashionable again. 

    Be good to one another indeed.

  • DavidtheWavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 months ago

    Paradox of tolerance: "A society that is tolerant without limit will eventually be overtaken by the intolerant. A society must be intolerant to intolerance in order to be tolerant to all other people.

    People can be racist if they want. But giving them more ease to gather in large groups will inevitably result in violence.

  • OniZonda FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Hokage

    3 months ago

    That's what I've always been saying about freedom of speech. And not to go on a tangent, that's what freedom of religion is as well. You're free to do/believe what you want, you can't make me believe/act the way you do, under any circumstance. I'm surprised we haven't seen bans like this more often in the gaming community. It's always part of the ToS and it's all perfectly legal since you're not being jailed for your thoughts or actions (for the most part). Maybe it's time for a wake up call to those who are ignorant enough to believe such nonsense and they might actually take a second to think about what they say online now.