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May 9, 2022

Journalists RAGE After Wordle SHUTS DOWN Hope That The App Would Push Politics On Players

TheQuartering [5/9/2022]

According to TheDailyMail:

The New York Times admitted it changed the answer of Monday’s Wordle for being too politically-charged after users complained of two possible solutions.

Times bosses, who own the popular word-guessing game, say they changed the planned May 9 answer from ‘fetus’ to ‘shine’ after the original solution was flagged last week. 

That came after last Monday’s leak from the Supreme Court which indicated plans to end the Roe v Wade law guaranteeing American women the right to an abortion.

But the Times admitted Monday it was unable to completely remove the original fetus answer from its system, meaning some players were still offered that solution.

The paper issued a statement saying: ‘Some users may see an outdated answer that seems closely related to a major recent news event.

‘At New York Times Games, we take our role seriously as a place to entertain and escape, and we want Wordle to remain distinct from the news,’ it continues.

‘But because of the current Wordle technology, it can be difficult to change words that have already been loaded into the game.

‘When we discovered last week that this particular word would be featured today, we switched it for as many solvers as possible. You won’t receive the outdated version if you have refreshed your browser window.

‘But we know that some people won’t do that and, as a result, will be asked to solve the outdated puzzle.

‘This is entirely unintentional and a coincidence – today’s original answer was loaded into Wordle last year.

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