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Today Discord announces widespread availability of AutoMod, an autonomous moderation tool built directly into the platform to offload human moderators. In addition to the official launch of AutoMod, Discord is also letting more servers offer paid subscriptions to their users and adding new features to manage these premium subscriptions.

AutoMod is designed to scan servers for selected words and phrases and can then automatically dole out responses such as blocking messages, warning administrators, and timing abusive users. The feature has been available to a “small group of servers” for a few months but is now available on every community server in Discord.

AutoMod comes with built-in word lists for filtering.
Image: Discord

Administrators can also set custom filters.
Image: Discord

Discord’s proprietary AutoMod software provides a built-in alternative to the 3rd party moderation bots that were created to automate the often difficult task of keeping communities safe and civilized on the platform. At launch, AutoMod offers three ready-made lists of words that moderators can choose to filter, with the option to add up to three custom lists of banned words. According to Discord FAQfuture AutoMod features will include the ability to detect and block malicious links and spam.

AutoMod is available to administrators with the “Manage Server” permission and can be found in a server’s settings menu. It’s only available to community servers, which are designed as larger spaces that resemble a public chat room rather than small groups of friends who just want to use Discord to chat while playing games.

Premium plans can be set up to access exclusive parts of a server.
Image: Discord

Meanwhile, Discord’s Premium Memberships feature, which launched last December as a closed experiment, is expanding to more eligible servers in the US. The feature is designed to allow administrators to monetize access to their server with access to members-only chat rooms and other benefits. It also gets some new functionality, including an analytics dashboard for admins to track premium earnings, the ability to offer free trials, and support for custom server emoji.

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