White supremacist gesture removed from Call of Duty Warzone

A white supremacist gesture — the “OK” symbol — has been removed from Call of Duty Warzone, Eurogamer has discovered.

The use of the symbol was believed to be started on 4chan as a prank before members of the alt-right adopted it in earnest. The Anti-Defamation League added it to its list of hate symbols back in September of last year, saying it is used by some as a “sincere expression of white supremacy”.

While Activision Blizzard and Infinity Ward haven’t made comment about the gesture’s removal, players will find it has been replaced with a new gesture called “Crush”.

This isn’t the first time the symbol has come up in gaming — back in April 2019, an Overwatch fan was removed from an Esports match after using the symbol during a broadcast.

Call of Duty Warzone is a free-to-play battle royale available on Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4.

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