Discord has announced an overhaul of its content moderation and safety features, headlined by a new graduated warning system and protections aimed at teen users.
The changes represent a shift toward transparency, education, and proportionality.
The revamped warnings ditch blanket bans in favor of informing users how they violated rules and limiting their access temporarily. Discord will increasingly rely on temporary one-year bans for violations rather than permanent removals.
Offending users will receive direct messages explaining the warning or violation and what abilities are being restricted as a result. For example, those posting inappropriate images may temporarily lose image posting privileges.
Discord believes this nuanced approach gives people room to learn from mistakes. It also provides account standing visibility akin to Xbox’s reputation system. The goal is to improve behavior rather than simply punishing users.
New Teen Safety Assist Features Launch
In addition, Discord is rolling out a Teen Safety Assist feature set designed to proactively protect minors. This includes a sensitive content filter enabled by default that blurs sexual content in DMs and servers.
Discord will scan images using AI to detect explicit material without human review, arguing this method avoids serious privacy concerns. But some may still question the platform’s approach, given its lack of end-to-end encryption.
Teens will also receive safety alerts when receiving DMs for the first time, with links to block users or access safety tips. Discord plans to build on these foundations, including work on a grooming detection model.
Overall, the updates showcase Discord’s efforts to balance safety with privacy while avoiding a draconian “three strikes” system. Its focus on reforming behavior contrasts with the lifetime bans common on many social media platforms.
Other New Features Include Custom Apps, Dark Mode, and In-App Store
Beyond moderation, Discord shared other upcoming features including a new darker Midnight theme on mobile, an in-app store with avatar decorations, and more discoverability for third-party apps.
Discord continues working to improve user experience and safety while enhancing developer options. These comprehensive changes aim to keep the platform competitive as user expectations evolve.