Discord Direct Messages

Discord Direct Messages (DMs) are an excellent way to instant message your buddies with the newest gossip or silliest memes. In this way, you can keep in touch with them and stay connected for long.

Discord Direct Messages: Practicing Safe Messaging


To keep your DMs clean and stop any unwarranted surprises cornered, Discord features a few extra levers you’ll pull. While we’re still building out a couple of those options, if you open your user settings tab and choose the Privacy & Safety option, you will see the “Safe Direct Messaging” option!

A Few Different Levers

The process is pretty simple. Safe Direct Messaging has three settings. The differences are pretty simple:

  • Keep me safe: The safest option. This will have Discord scan any image sent altogether DMs, no matter whether you’ve added the user on your friend list, or the user is DMing you only by sharing a mutual server.
  • My friends are nice: The medium-est. option! This will let Discord know to scan any images sent in DMs from users that aren’t on your friend’s list, but also to trust your previously added friends and not worry about any images they send.
  • Do not scan the self-confident option: Enabling this option will completely disable Discord’s image scanning process, and leave you for a walk on the wild side for any DMs you receive. Careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Machine-Learning Robo-Hamsters

Before we get all excited about what exactly a machine-learning Robo-Hamster is doing, we wanted to require a flash and explain what is going on here. We here at Discord completely and understand that private messages are private and that you’d want to keep them that way. With that in mind, we programmed the robot-hamsters to only scan images specifically (no text at all!), and include the option to be turned off completely. If you’re a strong independent individual that doesn’t need any image-scanning in your DMs, well, we got you too.

Read: Discord Account Customization Guide

The Bottom Line

And that’s all. We’ve got a couple of more gizmos and gadgets within the works to form sure that baddies call at the wild realms of the web are kept cornered, so stay tuned for more!

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