Call of Duty anti-toxicity progress includes banning over 350,000 accounts or racist names and toxicity

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Over 350,000 Call of Duty accounts have been banned in the last year for racist names or toxic behavior, according to Activision's anti-toxicity progress report

Accounts across Call of Duty: Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, and Modern Warfare have been banned as part of the studio's efforts to crack down on toxic behavior and hate speech. "We are committed to delivering a fun gameplay experience for all of our players. There's no place for toxic behavior, hate speech, or harassment of any kind in our games or our society. We are focused on making positive steps forward, and together celebrating the best fans in the world," reads the statement.

Ongoing efforts to reduce toxicity and racism include the massive ban, deploying in-game filters to catch offensive usernames, clan tags, or profiles, implementing new technology to filter potentially offensive text chat, and implementing those filters across 11 languages. However, "there's much more to be done, including increasing player reporting capabilities and moderation, as well as addressing voice chat to help combat toxicity." The progress report continues with "our goal is to give players the tools needed to manage their own gameplay experience, combined with an enforcement approach that addresses hate speech, racism, sexism, and harassment." 

Activision will continue to increase efforts in reducing toxicity across its Call of Duty titles by increasing communication with the community, consistently reviewing enforcement policies, and adding more resources to support detection of toxic behavior and usernames. 

Call of Duty: Warzone has banned over 500,000 cheaters as of last week.  

Alyssa Mercante

Alyssa Mercante is an editor and features writer at GamesRadar based out of Brooklyn, NY. Prior to entering the industry, she got her Masters's degree in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Newcastle University with a dissertation focusing on contemporary indie games. She spends most of her time playing competitive shooters and in-depth RPGs and was recently on a PAX Panel about the best bars in video games. In her spare time Alyssa rescues cats, practices her Italian, and plays soccer.