Discord's commitment to a safe and trusted experience
We work hard to ensure everyone on Discord is able to have meaningful conversations and spend time with their communities in a safe, positive, and inclusive manner.
All conversations are opt-in. Unlike other platforms where someone might be able to message you or find you when you sign up for an account, this isn’t the case on Discord. Every person that signs up needs to accept another user as a friend before they can be messaged by that user. For servers, they need to decide to join a community before being messaged by anyone in that server.
The vast majority of servers are invite-only and private. An outsider cannot guess the link to a specific server and invitation links expire after a maximum of 24 hours. Discord only lets users search for public servers. All searchable servers have been vetted by Discord staff and are required to maintain healthy and positive communities in order to remain publicly available.
Conversations between users are private, but not secret. We do not proactively read direct messages between users or conversations in a server. We do not collect data for monetization purposes or to build user profiles. However, conversations on Discord are not end-to-end encrypted. When we are alerted to an issue, we investigate the behavior at issue and take action.
We have a zero-tolerance policy to bad behavior. When we are alerted to a violation of our rules, we investigate and take action. We also work to proactively identify illegal behavior and terminate it.
Discord is not an anonymous platform. Users are identified by their username, which is chosen by the user, followed by a # and a four-digit number, known as their Discord tag. Discord doesn’t ask for anyone’s real name but we are able to track who is responsible for what by tying usernames to verified email addresses and IP addresses.
Users are in control of their experience on Discord. People come to Discord for different purposes, and we want them to be able to tailor their experience on Discord to their own needs. We are continuously building products to let our users control their own level of security and privacy. Learn about these tools here.