Discord buys Sentropy, which makes AI tools to fight harassment

Online chat platform Discord is buying a company known for its artificial intelligence tools for detecting and helping combat harassment online.

In a blog post on Wednesday, July 14, Sentropy Technologies said it was joining Discord "to continue fighting against hate and abuse on the internet."

As a result of this, Sentropy will be discontinuing its standalone tools. This includes it's Protect product, which shut down on July 1, and its Detect and Defend products, which will remain active until September 30.

Discord has over 150 million monthly users and around 19 million "servers" or communities, which makes it a very large beast to try and tame in terms of moderation.

Sentropy, however, noted that it was taking a more holistic approach towards improving the internet for everyone, especially as it relates to trust and safety (T&S).

Sentropy CEO and co-founder John Redgrave said in the blog post that the team's focus, will be in "helping Discord expand and evolve its T&S capabilities" and made special mention to Discord's knowledge-sharing initiatives in the content moderation space, such as its Moderator Academy.

Redgrave added, "We are excited to help Discord decide how we can most effectively share with the rest of the Internet the best practices, technology, and tools that we’ve developed to protect our own communities." – Rappler.com

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