discord, the online voice and text messaging platform, has acquired the anti-harassment AI company Sentropy to increase security on its platform.
Sentropy Technology will join the Discord team to find and eliminate harassment on the Discord platform. Sentropy’s AI technology was previously used to monitor networks for harassment or abuse and then give users a way to block problem users.
Sentropy’s AI automatically removes harmful or offensive messages before users can see them on platforms like Twitter.
John Redgrave, the CEO and co-founder of Sentropy Technology, announced the acquisition in a post yesterday (July 13th) stated that the team is “joining Discord to continue fighting online hatred and abuse”.
“When we first met with Discord founders Jason and Stan, we quickly realized a shared vision of what the future of social interaction might be, and we believe that together we have a better chance of making that vision a reality to be let, ”added Redgrave.
Mainly used by gamers, Discord has been used by several far-right groups in the past. Several white nationalist groups in America used the app as a hubalthough Discord has cleaned up a number of notable groups since it went live.
Discord officials announced the platform removed over 2,000 extremist communities in 2020. A detailed breakdown of reports received from users found that 37.3 percent of complaints were related to harassment.
Sentropy will close its Twitter Detect and Defend service on September 30th this year. Detect and Defend automatically detects abusive content on the Internet and allows users to block it. Sentropy’s Defend service, which gave moderators tools to identify certain types of abuse, was retired on July 1.
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