“At the New York Times Games, we take our role seriously as a place to have fun and escape, and we want Wordle to stay separate from the news,” the news publisher said in a statement on its website Monday.
“But due to current Wordle technology, it can be difficult to change words that have already been loaded into the game. When we discovered last week that this word would be introduced today, we changed it for as many solvers as possible,” the Times added.
The New York Times confirmed to CNN that the statement refers to the word “fetus.”
The controversial draft opinion was circulated in early February, according to Politico, which received it. The final opinion has not been published and the votes and language may be changed before the opinions are officially published. The opinion in this case is expected to be published only at the end of June.
The court confirmed the authenticity of the document on Tuesday, and also stressed that it is not a final decision.
The Times said in a statement: “Today, for example, some users may see an outdated response that seems closely related to a major recent news event” – something he said was “completely unintentional and coincidental” because the response was loaded into matches last years.
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.
CNN’s Tierney Sneed, Ariane de Vogue, Joan Biskupic and Jennifer Korn contributed to the report.