Fortnite Now Lets You Block Toxic Emotes With New Filter

Fortnite introduces new feature to combat toxic behavior coming from emotes.
Fortnite Take The L Emote With Logo
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Fortnite has introduced a new feature to tackle toxic behavior in the game. The latest update includes a setting called “See Confrontational Emotes” to address the misuse of certain in-game emotes, often used for taunting or harassing other players. We all know that this is an issue, so it’s good to see that there will be an option not to see it.

You can now find the “See Confrontational Emotes” toggle within the game’s settings in the Account and Privacy menu. When turned on, it filters out four specific emotes that Epic Games has linked to negative behavior:

  • Laugh It Up: This emote features obnoxious donkey-like laughter.
  • Take the L: A dance move where the player forms an “L” shape on their forehead, mockingly labeling the opponent a “loser.”
  • Whipcrack: A simple whip-cracking emote that has taken on racist connotations within some segments of the Fortnite community.
  • Make It Plantain: With this emote, players fire banana-like projectiles—another item that has been used in racially charged taunts.

The last two are especially terrible, and if you’ve watched a colored streamer, you know how awful stream snipers have been. I’m honestly glad this is a thing to remove because some people really go overboard with this.

Enabling the filter does not stop others from using these emotes. Instead, players who have it turned on won’t see an emote or any sound associated with the emote. Basically, you won’t know they are emoting at you at all. By default, the setting still lets you see these emotes when used by friends in your party, but that’s also changeable. Players can change the setting to see the emotes from everyone or block them completely.

Epic Games stated that the company recognized the problem of toxic player behavior, a common issue in online games. While some teasing is normally playful, some people go way too far. They have introduced a new feature to find a middle ground between addressing player concerns about abuse and allowing players to express themselves through emotes. This change is intended to give players more control over their in-game experience without removing the emotes some players have purchased.

We doubt that this will affect the item shop. Someone else blocking the emote doesn’t mean you won’t see it, so it just makes the game more fun for everyone involved.

Jorge A. Aguilar

Jorge A. Aguilar

Jorge A. Aguilar, also known as Aggy, is the current Assigning Editor.

He started his career as an esports, influencer, and streaming writer for Sportskeeda. He then moved to GFinity Esports to cover streaming, games, guides, and news before moving to the Social team where he ended his time as the Lead of Social Content.

He also worked a writer and editor for both Pro Game Guides and Dot Esports, and as a writer for PC Invasion, Attack of the Fanboy, and Android Police. Aggy is the former Managing Editor and Operations Overseer of N4G Unlocked and a former Gaming editor for WePC.

Throughout his time in the industry, he's trained over 100 writers, written thousands of articles on multiple sites, written more reviews than he cares to count, and edited tens of thousands of articles. He has also written some games published by Tales, some books, and a comic sold to Telus International.

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