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Discord Purchases AI Anti-Harassment Firm

Published Thu, Jul 15 2021 06:35 am
by The Silicon Trend


Discord, an online chat platform buying Sentropy, develops AI-powered software to find & eradicate online hate & harassment. The firm monitors these activities & offers people a way to filter out messages or block problematic people. Its 1st product - Sentropy Protect, was initially aimed at helping people clean up their Twitter feeds.

The firm is now shutting down its independent tools & partnering with Discord, which targets aiding the hugely famous chat app to expand & evolve its safety & trust potentials. Discord has a massive network, with more than 150M monthly users, & servers can be a real competition to moderate. The services are made up of more than 19M individual communities & that scale needs the work of both teams & volunteers within the app to negotiate properly.

Sentropy CEO - John Redgrave stated, T&S processes & tech shouldn't be used as a competitive advantage. He added, "We all deserve physical & digital safety, & moderators deserve enhanced tools to aid them to do one of the hardest works online more efficiently & with lesser harmful impacts." The app hasn't always had a reputation for taking dangerous content seriously. It cracked down on extremism & hate, followed by the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, which left anti-racist protester - Heather Heyer dead.

Sentropy released stealth last summer with an AI product designed to track, cleanse & detect platforms of online abuse & harassment. The firm emerged then with $13M in funding from notable backers, including Reddit co-founder Alex Ohanian & his VC company - Initialized Capital, King River Capital, Playground Global & Horizons Ventures.

Redgrave said they're excited to help Discord choose how they can most effectively share the best practices, tech & tools that have developed to protect their own communities with the rest of the Internet. The app's future is looking bright. The firm walked away from a possible acquisition by Microsoft earlier this year that reportedly valued over $10B. The app seems content to remain independent for now & could chart a path toward an IPO in the not-too-distant future.




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