I am not sure if discriminate should always followed by against? Example:

.. and discriminates against its users in terms of ..


.. and discriminates its users in terms of ..

  • It's quite possible to discriminate in favour of someone too. (In hiring the best person for the job, I discriminated in favour of my cousin.) Apr 10, 2019 at 20:12

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The word discriminate has two meanings. The Oxford Dictionary has:

[no object]

1 Recognize a distinction; differentiate.

babies can discriminate between different facial expressions

2 Make an unjust or prejudicial distinction in the treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of race, sex, or age.

existing employment policies discriminate against women

So your example sentences need more context, to see what they are actually saying.

  • It is the second meaning. Apr 10, 2019 at 18:06
  • I hope the dictionary definitions help you to phrase the sentence correctly. The second one includes the word "against", the first does not. Your two examples are in the opposite sequence. Apr 10, 2019 at 18:07

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