The New York Times says they will remove ‘potentially insensitive words’ from Wordle
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The New York Times announced on Wednesday that they have begun removing “potentially insensitive words” from the popular web game Wordle after players noticed more than one acceptable answer to the puzzle that day.
“A spokesperson for Mashable stated that they are reviewing the solutions and will remove insensitive or obscure words “in an effort to make this puzzle more accessible.”
The Times issued the statement after Wordle players found that both the words “Harry” and “Stove” were marked as correct answers on the grid Wednesday.
Wordle was bought by The New York Times in January 2022.
“Something fishy is going on with today’s #Wordle284,” one player wrote on Twitter. “My husband and my solution were completely different, and both were correct. The whole point of the game was to find the universal answer. “
Mashable was contacted by the Times to clarify. They told Mashable that they had replaced “Harry” with “Stove” as “HARRY” is an example of an obscure term. “
Asked what words they consider inappropriate by The New York Post, a representative for the Times said that there is no list. This is a process that is ongoing. We removed AGORA in February as an example of an obscure term. “
Six guesses are available to find the five-letter word.
The game become an online phenomenon after Brooklyn-based developer Josh Wardle created it for his partner. As users continued to share their results online and return to the web page, the once-a-day puzzle became a viral hit on social media.
Wordle was acquired by The New York Times Company, for a price “in the low seven figures” in January 2022.
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