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Discord revises AI privacy policy following user backlash

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Discord announced five AI features coming to the platform last week powered by OpenAI and Midjourney. The platform also promised that data collected by these AI features won’t be sent back to these AI tech developers to be used in model training. However, it went back and revoked these promises, specifically about data collection for screen recordings and voice and video chats. 

Thankfully, after being called out by its users the company seems to have revised its privacy policy. The privacy policy originally stated that Discord generally does not store the “contents of video or voice calls or channels” as well as “streaming content when you share your screen”. However, Techradar reported on March 11 that these promises had been revoked, with Reddit users following suit. 

Discord faced immediate backlash after updating its privacy policy. | Source: Discord

Discord’s updated privacy policy, which does into effect on March 27, brings these promises back. According to a statement given by a Discord spokesperson to Techradar, the company merely “issued adjusted language in its privacy policy” and it doesn’t change Discord’s position on how it stores or records the contents of voice or video channels. The spokesperson further added that in case there are any changes in the privacy policy in the future, the platform will notify users in advance of any implementations. 

The new features include an AI-powered Clyde, AutomodAI and Conversation Summaries which are launching as free public experiments with two future AI features including Avatar Remix and an AI prototyping whiteboard due to be released later. Discord claimed that the bot is designed with a “privacy-first and optional-only approach” and while their AI features are powered by OpenAI technology, OpenAI “may not” use Discord user data to train its general models.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: