In mid-August, 2017, a popular voice chat platform for gamers and other groups called Discord began to shut down several far-right and alt-right servers and accounts. To defend their actions, Discord made the following announcement on Twitter: 

“Discord’s mission is to bring people together around gaming. We’re about positivity and inclusivity. Not hate. Not violence. Today, we’ve shut down the server and a number of accounts associated with the events in Charlottesville. We will continue to take action against white supremacy, Nazi ideology, and all forms of hate.”

Naturally, Twitter exploded with a multitude of users barraging the program with tweets such as: 

Meanwhile, a discord server chat titled “Young City,” complete with a domain, has enjoyed an unchallenged presence on the anti-right platform. Although its homepage is unavailable to non-members, there is a page dedicated to extrapolating the rules of the community to newcomers. 

Two of the rules are A) incoming members must be a “Minor Attracted Person (nepiophile, pedophile, hebephile, or ephebophile) and B) be at least 13 years old. Essentially, Young City is a community of pedophiles, whose fantasies range from sexual-romantic relationships with children from ages 1-18. It is also to be noted that this community is not intended to be a “safe community,” where pedophiles can congregate and learn to better themselves and find a healthy sexual attitude, as adolescent children and young teens can join the community and digitally communicate with those who would desire to violate them. 

The community does not end with a mere chat room, however. Young City boasts a Minecraft presence as well, complete with a website that is updated regularly. Titled, “YC Multiplayer Community,” this pedophile ring on Minecraft welcomes players “of all ages” and doesn’t care “who you are!” 

As Discord allocates resources to eradicating the presence of the alt-right from the internet – a task that will never be accomplished because of the non-universal terminology used to brand every conservative ideologue as a “fascist” – Young City, and likely other pedophile-ridden servers, enjoy an unchallenged presence. Unfortunately, this is not the first time that progressivism has defended pedophilia. The Sexual Revolution brought a multitude of morally reprehensible sexual orientations, beginning in the 1960s. As contraception was normalized, pornography mass-produced, premarital sex ran rampant, and homosexuality began to be considered commonplace is Western civilization, pedophiles have been lurking in the corner, awaiting their turn for a ride on the social justice coaster. And now, it seems that their patience and shadowy lurking has paid off.

Why has Discord opted to remove right-wing servers and accounts when there is a such a strong pedophile presence on their platform? Certainly, if Discord has a particular algorithm to target its right-wing users, they should likewise be capable of wiping out the pedophile presence as well.