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UK Government Launches Discord Channel, Bullied Immediately

The current British government, now onto its third Prime Minister since 2019 and rocked by a combination of scandals and gross, malicious incompetence, is facing an uphill battle to simply avoid complete destruction at the next general election, let alone win it. What better time, then, for one of its most important ministries to launch a Discord channel and connect with the youth!As The Guardian report, though, the decision by the UK Treasury was immediately met with a “torrent of abuse”, despite launching as a read-only channel, meaning that users could join and read things left by its admin, but could not type anything themselves.If the folks responsible for setting that up thought that would guarantee them some degree of protection from a public who are one more election cycle of auste...
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30 Million People Were Using Steam Today, A New All-Time Record

Image: SteamDBValve’s Steam platform launched all the way back in 2003, and for much of that time saw slow and steady growth as it grew from a place you could buy Half-Life games to the PC’s default gaming marketplace. What has happened over the last two years, though, has been incredible.In 2015, Steam set a record for concurrent users—the number of people logged into the service—at 10 million people. That was 12 years after the service launched.In 2017, we reported that Steam had set a new record, this time at 14 million. Not bad growth for just two years. In March 2020, that record had blown out to 20 million. March 2020 is an important point in this timeline; for most countries this is when the pandemic really kicked off, lockdowns began, and a lot more people started spending a lot m...
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Twitch Shooting Planned On Discord Investigated As Hate Crime

Photo: John Normile (Getty Images)Tragedy struck New York on May 14 as an 18-year-old white male shot and killed at least 10 people in the city of Buffalo, police said. The shooter, whose online username is reportedly “jimboboiii”, has been taken into custody after livestreaming the whole thing on gaming platform Twitch, the company confirmed on Saturday evening. The shooter released a 180-page manifesto detailing his racist and anti-Semitic views, which he partially attributes to controversial online forum 4chan. The document also mentions what appears to be a private Discord chat server, where he allegedly detailed his plans in advance.The shooting happened at a Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Street, a dense suburban area in western New York state. According to local outlet The Buffal...