An update for the chat moderation in World of Warcraft will prevent players from sending reserved words in messages. Reserved words are words that are deemed inappropriate. According to WOWHEAD, only one racial slur appears to be on that list to filter, but WoW does take censoring derogatory words very seriously. I’m sure therefore, in the future, more words will be added to that list.
Censoring these words only appears to work when sent through the WoW game client, but messages sent through Battle.net or Diablo will show without triggering the filter when logged into WoW. Both the sender and recipient will see those messages. Perhaps more wrinkles to iron out?
Is This A Good Thing?
Looking at the comments on WOWHEAD, some are happy with the news. Some commenting are hoping World of Warcraft won’t go too far in their censoring. I feel some common words just shouldn’t be censored. For example, human anatomy words. As a woman, I find it offensive that some people see certain organs in the human body to be considered bad words. My human parts are not to be censored. Human anatomy is natural and not words to be ashamed of. I’m sure some of you, or someone you know, grew up not being allowed to say the actual medical terms of human body parts and who cares if it’s used as an insult. I think that would take us down a rabbit hole of over-censorship and handing too much control to companies and governments, both small and large.
What is your take on the new censorship rules? Are you happy with the update? Let us know what you think in the comments below.