wordle has taken the internet by storm in recent months. So much so that the New York Times ended up buying it Josh Wardle, the creator of the word puzzle game. Although some issues have been highlighted since The New York Times took over, the response to a recent Wordle led the publishing giant to offer a detailed explanation.
The word in question was “fetus”, which, due to current political events in the United States, may have been offensive to some. The New York Times posted a note on its website explaining that it was unintentional and just a coincidence. The post said the answer was actually uploaded to the game last year.
“TO New York Times Gameswe take our role as a place of entertainment and escape seriously, and we want Wordle to remain distinct from the news.
Since the word was already loaded, The New York Times said it can be difficult to edit words that have already been loaded into the game. “When we found out last week that this particular word would be featured today today we’ve changed it to as many solvers as possible,” the New York Times note read.
However, not all Wordle players would have seen the edited answer. If they had refreshed their browser window, they would only get the outdated puzzle.
The word was changed as last week reports of the US Supreme Court’s proposed decision to strike down the country’s abortion rights sparked protests. “We want to emphasize that this is a very unusual circumstance. When we acquired Wordle in January, it was designed for a relatively small group of users. We are now busy revamping Wordle’s technology so that everyone always gets the same word,” the New York Times said.
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