Treasury trolled after opening an account on instant social messaging platform Discord | News from politics
His Majesty’s Treasury opened a Discord account on the instant messaging platform and has faced a tidal wave of abuse.
The ministry’s official Twitter account posted a link to its server on the chat app on Tuesday, although it appears to have been active since October 14.
Discord allows users to communicate using voice calls, video calls, text messages, media and files in private chats or as part of communities called “servers”.
Despite the Treasury blocking all comments on the gaming-popular platform, users have been inventive, using emojis and their usernames to mock the government, the Conservative Party and the chancellor Jeremy Hunt.
Emojis can be used to react to posts, which has resulted in a large number of eggplants, middle fingers, trans flags and EU flags appearing in the chat. As for letter emoji replies, many users also posted an offensive misspelling of Mr Hunt’s last name.
In addition to the emoji reactions, users who join chats receive a welcome message with their username, which has led to a flood of messages from people who made up a username, such as: “Welcome LOCK UP PRINCE ANDREW. We hope you brought pizza.” ; “Just F*** THE TORIES into the server”; and “margaret thatcher just showed up”.
Discord has a community-centric approach, with users joining servers dedicated to discussing things like video games, movies, and podcasts, or specific interests and topics, including day trading and cryptocurrencies.
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A Treasury spokesman said: “Discord is used by a younger audience who would not typically engage with our content on other, more established channels.
“It’s important for the government to constantly try to reach new audiences to communicate our policies, even if that means getting a bit of stick.”