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Microsoft Teams Getting Filters to Police Profanities in Chats

Microsoft Teams now has a toggle filter that will allow users to choose whether they want to see profanities in chats.

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Teams has become a very popular platform for organizations. There can be dozens or even hundreds of people together in a chat or meeting. Not everyone is going to be the same or have the same expectations in the language they use. Profanities may happen and you may want to see them or not. Microsoft is now giving users the ability to control what they see.

According to a new feature on the Microsoft 365 roadmap, a new filter feature provides a toggle that acts as a profanity feature. This can be turned on or off depending on your preference. If you are ok with profanities or speak them yourself, you can turn the filter on.

Microsoft describes the tool in the following way:

“With the newly introduced toggle for turn on/off profanity filtering, user will now be able to control whether they want to continue to leverage the profanity filtering capability provided out of box, or, if they want to see every word as-is.”

Coming in May

The profanity toggle is scheduled to land on the desktop, Windows, and Mac versions of the service through the online meeting tool. That release is expected for General Availability in May 2023. A preview is likely to become available before then.

Earlier this month, Microsoft confirmed that it is completely rebuilding the Teams client. Microsoft Teams 2.0 will be a ground-up rebuild of the underlying technology that powers the service. Microsoft has essentially needed time to completely build a new client. This also marks a move away from Teams running on Electron to Microsoft's Edge Webview2.

Importantly, this change is not so much about adding new features but instead basically rebuilding the app.

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Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.