Infinity Ward removed the "OK" hand gesture in the mid-season Warzone update the developer introduced Tuesday, likely because of its ties to the white nationalist movement.
Infinity Ward has not commented on the removal of the gesture from Modern Warfare, but given its ties to the far right and white supremacy, it's likely the decision to remove the gesture came as a result of increased sensitivity to racism amidst weeks of protests across the country against both racism and police brutality.
Warzone OK Gesture Removed by Infinity Ward
The "OK" hand gesture, performed by joining the thumb and forefinger in a circle with the remaining three fingers fanned out, has been co-opted by the so-called alt-right. The symbol, originally used to indicate all is well, is now frequently used both ironically to get a rise out of liberals and surreptitiously to signal white supremacy, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The gesture's ties to the far right are frequently misreported as originating in a disinformation campaign begun on anonymous messaging board 4chan in 2017.
Infinity Ward previously expressed support for Black Lives Matter, one of the groups leading protests in the United States, with an in-game start screen. The developer has also committed to cracking down on racist language and usernames in Modern Warfare's multiplayer.