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The program reportedly collects lots of data about
The developer denies the claim that Discord reports which processes are running on the user's machine. I have no way of determining the facts about this specific point. Whether it collects those particular data is a minor detail; I mention it only to avoid appearing to assert a criticism that might not be true.
For the same reason, I mention that selling personal
data is not the sole way that the company makes
I don't think that question how it makes money really matters. What matters, ethically, is what the software does to users. The developers' motives for making it do those things are pertinent to understanding the situation but should not affect our moral judgment of mistreatment of users.
Discord insists on tracking users. If a user connects through a VPN, Discord demands that user provide a phone number.
Discord locks accounts that don't have associated phone numbers. When an account is locked, also called "deactivated", the user is not allowed to make real use of it until person adds a phone number.
If I understand right, if you use Discord regularly via Tor you would need to carry that phone with you all the time. A burner phone, one what you possess only for a short time, would not be allowed to do the job.
Thus, whoever uses Discord gets tracked either by the Discord server (and anyone looking at where the packets are coming from) or by the phone.
Don't yield to this -- just tell Discord to take a flying leap!
Criticizing Discord as untrustworthy. The article gives little attention to the moral dimension, but its points might help convince you not to use Discord.
I would appreciate suggestions of other pages to use as factual references for specific wrongs committed by Discord, or to correct on a trustworthy basis any false accusations in the page linked to above.
The Discord web site also offers nonfree application programs. You shouldn't use them, naturally, but they are a separate issue from using the communications system itself.
Reportedly the Discord web app sends tracking data to /science instead
of the usual /track, so as to thwart extensions to limit tracking.
Reportedly there is a switch that disables (some) data collection,
but it doesn't affect the sending of tracking data to the server.
If you know of references for this information, please tell me.
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