As anyone who’s played online multiplayer games knows, not everyone you meet out there is friendly. In order to help reduce those negative interactions, Epic is introducing a new ‘voice reporting’ feature into Fortnite. Now, in addition to blocking or muting problematic opponents, players will be able to report them and submit recorded conversations as evidence of wrongdoing.

According to Epic, only the most recent five minutes of your voice chats will ever be recorded, and they’ll be stored on your own personal device, not on Epic’s servers. There will also be options to turn voice reporting off in certain situations. However, it will be on by default for any games featuring players under eighteen years old.

Voice reporting in Fortnite should be available across all platforms today. Click here for more details, or read more from Epic’s official announcement below.

Hey everyone!

Today, we are introducing voice reporting in Fortnite. Now, in addition to being able to block, mute, and report other players, you will be able to submit audio evidence when reporting suspected violations of our Community Rules. This will help us take action against players using voice chat to bully, harass, discriminate, or engage in other inappropriate behavior.

When voice reporting is on, the last five minutes of voice chat audio are captured on a rolling basis. This means only the immediate last five minutes of audio is reportable. As new audio is captured, any previous audio that’s more than five minutes old is automatically deleted. Voice chat audio is securely captured on your device — for example your gaming console or PC — not the Epic Games servers.

If you report a conversation, the voice chat audio captured from the last five minutes will be uploaded with the report and sent to Epic moderators for review. You can see if voice reporting is currently on or off in the Sidebar. Note: Epic has no way of accessing any voice chat audio unless voice reporting is on and a participant submits a voice report.

Audio clips submitted to Epic for review will be auto-deleted after fourteen days or the duration of a sanction, whichever is longer. In the event of an appeal, retention may be extended for up to fourteen days so the sanction decision can be reviewed. If Epic needs to retain an audio clip to comply with legal obligations, it will be retained for as long as legally required.

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