DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that with Discord’s meteoric rise to fame as a necessary VoIP service, it also had to contend with a number of controversies that threatened its existence? Since its release in May 2015, the number of Discord users experienced an exponential growth, from 3 million users in January 2016 to 25 million by the end of that year, a growth rate of more than 1 million a month. And if that wasn’t impressive enough, Discord saw another steep rise in the influx of new users in the last couple years, as it was reported that Discord has more than 150 million users by August 2018. In fact, the high number of users proved to be too tempting a market for investors, which have pumped in $150 million into the team that develops and improves the service. According to an article in Forbes, Discord was valued at $770 million in 2017, a number that placed Discord ahead of similar and better known services like Slack.
But being the most used VoIP service has its troubles, since the use of Discord, a service that is heavily secured and praised for keeping it’s users’ anonymity, have been blamed for a number of controversies. One controversy was the report that the extreme white nationalists who attended the violent Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017 used Discord to hatch their plans for the assembly. Another scandal that shocked Discord was the report from the Daily Beast that said Discord is being used to distribute revenge porn. But Discord quickly moved to correct the situation and worked with authorities and other groups to shut down groups that either deal with racism or harassment.