The Rise Of Discord: The Social Platform That’s Not Just For Gamers Anymore

Communities on Discord discuss everything from stock-picking to politics.

By Shelly BrisbinMay 6, 2021 9:30 am,

Discord is the latest social platform that has lots of people talking – literally. Discord began as a space where gamers could chat via text or voice while they played. And it remains popular enough in that world that Microsoft recently wanted to buy it. Now, nongamers are spending time on Discord, too. Tech expert Omar Gallaga told Texas Standard that Discord will be familiar to those who have used platforms like Slack at work. But the Discord aesthetic is more casual.

“It’s a little bit chaotic if you’re not used to the visual style of it,” Gallaga said. “Once you’re in it, it’s a sort of free-flowing conversation.”

Highlights from this segment:

– After Microsoft’s offer to buy Discord was rejected by the company, Sony partnered with Discord to bring the chat app to its PlayStation gaming consoles.

– Discord has become a platform for nongaming groups discussing all kinds of topics.

– Like other social platforms, Discord has had to deal with hate speech. The platform has banned thousands of channels run by extremists.

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