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Discord Will Block iOS Users From Accessing NSFW Servers

If you have iOS, make sure your Discord channels are not marked as NSFW. Otherwise, you will not be able to access them.

In order to keep Discord listed on the Apple App Store, Discord has been forced to block all NSFW-marked servers from being accessible on iOS devices. So if you’re in an NSFW channel and you’ve got an iPhone, you won’t be able to access it on your mobile device.

"Users on the iOS platform (including those aged 18+) will be blocked from joining and accessing NSFW servers,” writes Discord on its new guidelines for NSFW servers. “Only NSFW server owners and moderators will be allowed to view and manage these servers on iOS. All other users will still be able to join and access NSFW servers on the desktop and web versions of Discord."

The seemingly arbitrary iOS restriction likely serves a purpose: to comply with Apple’s strict rules around potentially objectionable content and age ratings. Back in 2018, Tumblr got yanked from the App Store due to child porn concerns, and it returned only after announcing an across-the-board porn ban. Discord’s new policy also comes during a time when other platforms are moving to create kid- (and advertiser-) safe versions, like Facebook’s under-13 version of Instagram.

Many artists have said on Twitter that the new Discord restrictions hugely inconvenience them, given that some use Apple products for drawing and many use the platform for commissions. Other Discord users have pointed out that this will prevent them from continuing to run servers they personally founded and/or moderate.

“Apple’s regressive stance on sexual content being available on its largest platform is verging on a full-on moral panic, and it’s really gross,” Matthew Bischoff, former product manager at Tumblr and co-founder of software studio Lickability, wrote on Twitter. “Entire businesses and communities have been crushed by it, and it often hurts queer and trans communities most. When we dealt with this at Tumblr, it became my full-time job for weeks to find incredibly complex ways to appease Apple’s censors. This happened every time they found a sexy blog they didn’t like. It’s absurd.”

On Reddit user suggests you turn off Discord auto-updates to avoid the NSFW issues, but that’s a temporary solution at best. You might just have to switch to Android if you’re someone that just can't avoid Discord on your iPhone.