While this platform maintains it is “not social media” due to its lack of algorithms, news feeds, and other familiar functions, it does focus on user interaction. It uses a simple design layout and is split up into online communities called “servers”. All users can create their own server for free. You can purchase premium memberships, with perks and enhanced features, but this is not necessary to fully experience Discord. Servers are based on individual topics or interests (such as Among Us, reading, or sports teams). They can be public (anyone can request to join) or private (requires an invitation from admin/moderators).
Once granted access to a server, users can participate in an open chat with other users from all over the world. Text, video, and voice chat options are available, with limitations on how many people can join in. Many young people use the ‘screenshare’ option to communicate with each other while watching films, playing multiplayer video games, or watching sport matches. There are private chat options available as well.
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