The New York Times has removed the word “fetus” from its Wordle responses in an effort to keep the popular online game “stand out from the news,” the publisher said.
The move comes after last week’s leaked draft majority opinion written by Judge Samuel Alito that would quash the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
Under the draft, the court would nullify Roe v. Wade’s possession of a federal constitutional right to abortion. The advice would be the most sweeping abortion decision in decades and change the landscape of women’s reproductive health in America.
“At New York Times Games, we take our role as a place to entertain and escape seriously, and we want Wordle to stand out from the news,” the news publisher said in a statement on its website.
“But current Wordle technology can make it difficult to change words that are already loaded into the game. When we found out last week that this particular word would be used today, we swapped it out for as many solvers as possible,” the Times added.
The New York Times confirmed to CNN that the statement referred to the word “fetus.”
The controversial draft advice was circulated in early February, Politico said. The final opinion has not been released and votes and language may change before opinions are formally released. The opinion in this case is not expected to be published until the end of June.
The court on Tuesday confirmed the document’s authenticity and also emphasized that it was not the final decision.
The Times said in its statement: “Today, for example, some users may see an outdated answer that appears to be closely related to a major recent news event” — something the paper said was “completely unintentional and coincidental” because the answer was in-game. last year.
The New York Times has acquired Wordle, giving players six chances this year to guess a five-letter word daily.
Josh Wardle, a Brooklyn-based software engineer who previously worked at Reddit, released the game in October 2021 and it quickly became a cultural phenomenon, with millions of people playing the game every day, according to the Times.