Discord reverses privacy policy changes after AI backlash

When Discord releases a new version AI-powered version of chatbot Clyde, users also noticed that the company removed a provision from its privacy policy that said it would not store the content of the call, stream, or channel. Discord has now restored that provision, as well as clarifying how its AI tools will use and store data.

According to the report of Gizmodochanges to Discord’s privacy policy make users insecure, especially when combined with the launch of new AI tools including an improved version of Clyde using OpenAI, a new tool for easy conversation summary generation, and the introduction of AutoMod AI. The changes only last for a day, after which Discord restores the original privacy policy.

The policy now reads: “We generally don’t store the content of our channels or voice or video calls. If we change that in the future (for example, to facilitate content moderation), We’ll reveal that to you in advance. We also don’t store the streaming content when you share your screen, but we do retain the thumbnail cover art for the stream for a short period of time. “

In a statement sent to Gizmodo, Discord said, “We’ve found that when we enacted recently tweaked language in our Privacy Policy, we inadvertently confused our users. Obviously, nothing has changed, and we’ve reintroduced that language into our Privacy Policy, along with some additional clarifications.” The company did not explain why the language was removed from the policy in the first place.

Discord also updated blog post about new AI tools explaining how they use and don’t use user data. “Our AI features use OpenAI technology, but OpenAI cannot use Discord user data to train its generic models. Like other Discord products, these features can only store and use the information as described in our Privacy Policy, and they do not record, store or use any voice or video call content from the user.” The update ends with Discord once again committing to notifying users in advance if this policy is about to be changed.

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