Discord

California
Media and Entertainment

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

Discord has not terminated business relationships due to views or beliefs, though the company does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. However, the company has encouraged its users to engage in advocacy and will reimburse employees for out-of-state abortion travel. Discord provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion. The company uses the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) Hate List to vet charities that can receive donations. Discord opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. For these reasons, Discord receives a Medium Risk rating.

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Rationale
Corporate Weaponization
Criteria

Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.

Risk Level
Rationale

Discord has not publicly fired customers, suppliers, or vendors based on political views or religious beliefs.

Criteria

Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.

Risk Level
Rationale

Discord uses the SPLC’s Hate List to vet eligible charities (1).

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Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.

Risk Level
Rationale

Discord does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (1)(2).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.

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Rationale

In June 2020, Discord began to use its in-product screens to raise to encourage its users to take action on behalf of the BLM movement. The company has also pledged to provide special resources to “activists” and “advocates” using its service (1). Discord opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces (2).

Criteria

Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.

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Rationale

Discord provides a benefits package for employees which covers travel/lodging costs for an abortion (1)(2)(3).

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Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.

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N/A
Rationale

Discord does not operate a PAC at this time.

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February 20, 2024

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