Valve is developing a chat and text filtering feature for Steam that will allow users to control insults etc while playing an online multiplayer game. The feature is available through the Steam Lab beta program, with plans to launch it globally in the coming days.
Many of the Steam games already include a chat filter, such as CS: GO, Destiny 2, and Dota 2, but the client’s usual chat system did not previously include any filter. This was a way for toxic players to spout their insults.
However, now Valve is changing that with Steam’s new chat and text filtering options. At the moment, if you want to access this function, you must have Stream Labs Experiment 011 to obtain the beta version of the tool.
The steam chat filtering is activated by default after entering the beta version and removes the most common insults automatically. But the filter doesn’t catch all the insult variants, so Steam lets you add or remove words to your own custom filter as you like.
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Steam groups and communities can even add their own word lists from other sources so they can have their own consistent language rules.
“We believe this level of control is especially important given that language is constantly evolving and is used differently among various communities around the world” Steam officials stated. “So with Steam chat filtering, we’ve made sure that you can choose to filter the language as much as you want, or not at all. ”
Keep in mind that Steam Chat filtering is only available on Steam Chat and supported games, so if a game uses a chat system that is outside of Steam’s servers, no custom filter will work .