Discord CEO Jason Citron makes the case for a smaller, more private internet

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Today, I’m talking to Jason Citron, the co-founder and CEO of Discord, the gaming-focused voice and chat app. You might think Discord is just something Slack for gamers, but over time, it has become much more important than that. For a growing mix of mostly young, very online users steeped in gaming culture, fandom, and other niche communities, Discord is fast becoming the hub to their entire online lives. A lot of what we think of as internet culture is happening on Discord.

In many ways Discord represents a significant shift away from what we now consider traditional social platforms. As you’ll hear Jason describe it, Discord is a place where you talk and hangout with your friends over shared common interests, whether that’s video games, the AI bot Midjourney, or maybe your favorite anime series. It is a very different kind of interface for the internet, but that comes with serious challenges, especially around child safety and moderation. 

Discord opens up to games and apps embedded in its chat app — The Verge

Discord is nuking Nintendo Switch emulator devs and their entire servers — The Verge

Inside Discord’s reform movement for banned users — The Verge

Discord ends deal talks with Microsoft — WSJ

Discord cuts 17% of workers in latest tech layoffs — NYT

Discord to start showing ads for gamers to boost revenue — WSJ

Discord says it intentionally does not encrypt user messages — CNN

How Discord became a social hub for young people — NYT

‘Problematic pockets’: How Discord became a home for extremists — WashPo

Discord CEO Jason Citron on AI, Midjourney — Bloomberg

Transcript: https://www.theverge.com/e/23898955

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Discord CEO Jason Citron makes the case for a smaller, more private internet

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