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World Of Warcraft has begun censoring slurs in-game

World Of Warcraft has begun censoring slurs in-game

World Of Warcraft will now block messages containing “reserved words”, arriving as part of a small moderation update discovered by Wowhead.

For years, WoW has censored certain words by obfuscation as part of a mature language filter. But now, it appears the game will block messages from being sent entirely if they contain so-called “reserved words”. For now, this covers one racial slur, though I expect to see that category expanded in future.

(Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment, via Wowhead)

Wowhead notes that, for now, the filter only applies to messages sent within WoW. Battle.net currently lets you chat to people playing WoW from the third-party BNet messenger—and while these messages will show up in their WoW chat box, they aren’t currently subject to the same filters.

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