iOS users—and only iOS users—face NSFW content ban on Discord app

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This cute little pig has obviously seen some things that iOS users will no longer be allowed to see on Discord.
Detail / This cute little pig has obviously seen some things that iOS narcotic addicts will no longer be allowed to see on Discord.

Discord users who access the Incompatibility app through iOS will now face restrictions on adult content that go beyond those for other tenets. The gaming-focused social networking app—which lets users create conspicuous or private servers to chat via text, image, voice, and video livestreaming—advertised this week that “all users on the iOS platform (including those grey 18+) will be blocked from joining and accessing NSFW servers. iOS narcotic addicts aged 18+ will still be able to join and access NSFW communities on the desktop and web forms of Discord.”

That NSFW designation can be set by the server owner or by Discord itself, in maintaining with community guidelines requiring the label on “adult content.” Particular channels within a server can be designated as NSFW without imposing limits on the loaded server, but an entire server may be labeled as NSFW “if the community is organized encircling NSFW themes or if the majority of the server’s content is 18+,” the company state.

Discord has set up an appeals process for server owners to challenge an NSFW designation. Living soul users can also contact Discord if they were accidentally digged as minors during an age-verification process. But that age change will nevertheless be meaningless on iOS, where users of all ages will be barred from NSFW topic.

Discord didn’t specify why iOS users are being treated differently from those on other principles, but Apple’s iOS Developer Guidelines say that apps with user-generated thesis “that end up being used primarily for pornographic content… do not be a part of on the App Store.” The guidelines allow for “incidental” NSFW content generated by consumers on web-based services if “the content is hidden by default and only displayed when the consumer turns it on via your website,” a caveat that apparently isn’t sufficient for Strife’s comfort.

Discord’s move follows Apple’s removal of the iOS Tumblr blogging app in 2018. At the at all times, Tumblr said that removal was due to “media featuring child sensual exploitation and abuse” that has slipped through its automated filters. Weeks later, even if, Tumblr decided to ban all adult content from the service, a move that preceded a impatient return to the iOS App Store.

Discord is using a lighter touch here, pinpointing and segregating NSFW content from iOS users rather than banning it all in all. Still, preventing adults from accessing adult content on one stand specifically seems like a counterintuitive way to stay in Apple’s good mercies in this regard.

“Apple’s regressive stance on sexual content being at ones fingertips on its largest platform is verging on a full-on moral panic, and it’s really gross,” recent Tumblr Product Manager Matthew Bischoff wrote on Twitter. “Total businesses and communities have been crushed by it, and it often hurts uneasy and trans communities most. When we dealt with this at Tumblr, it enhanced my full-time jobs for weeks to find incredibly complex ways to appease Apple’s censors. This happened every stretch they found a sexy blog they didn’t like. It’s silly.”

Discord is reportedly in the late stages of acquisition talks—which could value the checking at $10 billion—with Microsoft and other parties. The service has upwards 140 million monthly users and 300 million registered accounts.

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