Epic Games has added a new feature to the reporting system in Fortnite. Players can now send audio files to prove that another player is breaking the rules, for example by intimidating or bullying people.
Epic Games provides further explanation in a post About the so-called voice reporting function. When another player is reported, the audio recorded in the last five minutes will be sent. The whistleblower remains anonymous and if Epic determines that the reported player has violated the Rules, they will be notified via email.
The feature is turned on by default for players under the age of 18, and they cannot turn it off themselves. Underage players who don’t want their voices recorded can disable voice chat completely or turn off their microphone. Parents can also adjust options in Account Settings. Players over the age of 18 can choose the “Always on” or “Off when possible” options. The second option disables audio reports, but only if the player is among a group of friendly players who have also chosen this option.
The company says the snippets are stored on the device and not on Epic Games servers. Clips will be retained for a maximum of 14 days or as long as the action taken against the offending player is in effect. If either party objects to the procedure, the retention period can be extended for up to 14 days.
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