Occasionally, you may see things happen in a Discord server that violates the platform’s Terms of Service or their Community Guidelines. You know that it is not okay and needs to be reported. In this guide, I will explain how you can report a server and for what reasons you would want to report a server.
5 Steps to Reporting a Discord Server
Before you report a server, make sure to first report the violating behavior to a moderator or admin of the server, if they don’t do anything against it, encourage the behavior or the behavior is more extreme than what a moderator can deal with than make sure to report it to Discord self.
To report a server you will have to fill in a form with a report request, but you will also have to collect all of your evidence before doing so. Lastly, you will have to make sure that you know exactly what the reason is for your report. This can be done as follows.
Make screenshots of all the violations and make sure to copy the message ID of the messages. You will need these for your report.
Right-click on a message and click “copy message link”.
Long press the message and once again choose “Copy Message link”.
Long press the message and click on “Share”.
Now you have to copy the link to your clipboard, by pressing copy.
The links will show up as follows in the report:
Make sure that you have all the links saved in a document, especially handy for when you have multiple messages you want to report.
To make a report you will have to submit a request through the Trust and Safety form. Using this link will automatically set down Trust and Safety in the “What can we help you with?” bar. However, if you find the request form in a different way you will have to choose this yourself.
All you have to do now is fill out the form with the report as accurately as you can. Providing the links and screenshots you have collected.
Submit the form and you have successfully reported a Discord server.
Reasons to Report a Discord Server
That being said, don’t rush to report a server if it is just one user who has broken the ToS. If the mods and owner typically delete bad content, they may have just not been able to get to it yet. In those cases, just report the User ID of the person who did the posting. You will also need to do this in developer mode.
Some of the reasons why you may report a server include the following:
NSFW Content in Wrong Areas
Servers have content in server banners, icons or server invites that are NSFW.
Sexually Graphic Content with Minors
Content or links are shared that depict minors in a sexual way. This also goes for illustrations or digitally altered images where minors are depicted in such a way. Besides reporting this to Discord also report this to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The organization or encouragement of harassment of individuals or communities. May this be based on sexuality, gender identity, ethnicity, hobbies, religion, or race.
Adult Content Without Consent
Sexually graphic content that is shared with other people without their consent.
Self-Harm and Suicide
Glorification or promotion of harming yourself or suicidal ideation. This also includes the encouragement of embracing eating disorders.
Gore and Animal Cruelty
Content or links shared that have to do with explicit and sadistic gore or animal cruelty.
Sending viruses, malware to people in an attempt to hack, phish, or DDoS them.
Promotion, distribution, or providing access to content that involves hacking, cracking, or distribution of pirated software or stolen accounts.
Promotion, organization, or encouragement of violent extremism.
Sales of Dangerous Goods
Sales of Dangerous Goods Selling or facilitating the sales of prohibited or dangerous goods. This includes firearms, ammunition, drugs, but also controlled substances.
Celebrating Illegal Behavior
Promotion or encouraging of any illegal behavior in general. This can not only get you kicked off Discord but also reported to law enforcement.
Stealing Intelectual Property
Sharing of content that violates anyone’s intellectual property or other rights.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Happens When You Report a Discord Server?
After you report a Discord server, Discord’s Trust and Safety team will look at the case. They will look at the server more thoroughly to see if something illegal has happened, or if the server has broken ToS. If there is a violation, they will act. They could remove the server or even remove the user IDs who were involved in the breach of service.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Response When You Report a Discord Server?
It can take a little bit of time to hear back from the safety team when you report users and servers. They complete a thorough analysis before acting. You will usually hear back about what they have planned for the users and server owner in around three days.
Just because moderators in a server condone certain behaviors, doesn’t mean the behavior in question is okay and it will need to be dealt with. Luckily now you know what type of behavior to report and how to report it, so everyone who is using Discord is safe and comfortable to actually use it.
All Discord users should take responsibility for what they post and where they post it. If someone is being truly toxic and breaking Discord’s rules in their server, then they should be reported alongside the server. Illegal activity is everywhere and even if you don’t know someone’s IRL identity, you may be able to help.