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The company started moderating the character names of the video game as kids started using slurs when choosing their characters' names.

Is "moderating character names" grammatical? Is it idiomatic? What's a better way of saying this?

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Yes, "moderating character names" is exactly the right term to use in this context.

For web sites, online games, etc, the word moderate has a specialised meaning: you can read more about it on this Wikipedia article. The article defines it as:

... monitoring and vetting user-generated content (UGC) for social media platforms of all types, in order to ensure that the content complies with legal and regulatory exigencies, site/community guidelines, user agreements, and that it falls within norms of taste and acceptability for that site and its cultural context.

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The phrase 'moderating character names' is fine for use here. It should help to alleviate situations of use of unsavoury names.

From Google Dictionary,

moderate verb /ˈmɒdəreɪt/ 1. make or become less extreme, intense, rigorous, or violent.

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