When enabled, the voice reporting feature captures the last five minutes of voice chat. This is on a rolling basis, so only the last five minutes of audio can be reported—all voice chat previous to that is automatically deleted, Epic explains.
“Audio clips submitted to Epic for review will be auto-deleted after fourteen days or the duration of a sanction, whichever is longer. In the event of an appeal, retention may be extended for up to fourteen days so the sanction decision can be reviewed. If Epic needs to retain an audio clip to comply with legal obligations, it will be retained for as long as legally required,” Epic says.
The voice reporting feature is always on for players who are under 18 years old. If a player under 18 years old doesn’t want their voice chats recorded, Epics says they can either mute themself or disable voice chat entirely. And of course parents have the option of managing voice chat permissions using Epic’s parental controls.
Players who are 18 years old and over can enable the feature by to navigating to Audio > Voice Reporting in Fortnite’s settings menu (as shown above), and then select either Always On or Off When Possible. The former is self-explanatory, while the latter option disables recording in parties formed among friends who are all using the same setting. However, if one or more party members have it set to Always On, then voice chats will be recorded.
“The ‘Off When Possible’ option applies to Party Channels only. Voice reporting will always be on in all Game Channels, which are channels that connect players on the same team but in different parties,” Epic says.