If you’ve been playing multiplayer matches in Modern Warfare 3, you may have noticed the “Disruptive Behavior Enforcement” message in the chats section stopping you from using the voice chat in public channels.

Due to this, you should know about the game’s recently introduced Code of Conduct update and what exactly is MW3 Disruptive Behavior Enforcement, how long it stays and how you can appeal to resolve it. 

From competitive shooters like Call of Duty and Counter Strike to MOBA like League of Legends and even RPGs like Genshin Impact, the gaming community is full of toxicity in different shapes and forms.  

To counter that, every game developer tries to implement specific systems to make their game a place for fun and quality time rather than a place for cyberbullying, but every countermeasure has some flaws, the one in place in MW3 is no exception. 

As Activision is trying to battle toxicity using technology and human moderation, many players are getting affected by it on a random basis and for reasons out of their control. So keep reading our guide as we explain what is Disruptive Behavior Enforcement in detail and how you can appeal. 

What is MW3 Disruptive Behavior Enforcement

MW3 Disruptive Behavior Enforcement explained
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Disruptive Behavior Enforcement is a part of Call of Duty’s Code of Conduct update rolled out last month. The new update requires players to “Treat Everyone with Respect” with acts like “bullying or harassment, including derogatory comments based on race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, culture, faith, mental or physical abilities, or country of origin, or the amplification of any person, agenda, or movement that promotes discrimination or violence based on the above” is not accepted.  

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Excluding Asia, players from around the world have their Call of Duty voice chats moderated by humans and technology, which we assume is through AI, to ensure they meet the new Code of Conduct. 

As a result, players with their mic open are getting banned from the public voice channel because of speech that doesn’t comply with the Code of Conduct. 

So, if you are seeing the message “Disruptive Behavior Enforcement: Voice chat temporarily disabled for public channels,” this means you may have said something during your game session while having an open mic that doesn’t comply with Call of Duty’s Code of Conduct. 

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How to appeal for Disruptive Behavior Enforcement in MW3

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You can appeal for Disruptive Behavior Enforcement in MW3 through the game’s official support page and socials like the Activision Support X (formerly known as Twitter) handle.

While the anti-toxicity system is a good thing, there is no denying that most of the affected players got banned because they didn’t know their mic was on or for some minor reasons that the automated system couldn’t comprehend. 

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How long does the Disruptive Behavior Enforcement ban remain in MW3

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According to Activision’s Security Enforcement and Policy page, the public voice chat bans through Disruptive Behavior Enforcement stay for around 48 hours to two weeks and even longer, depending on the severity of the infraction.

So, if you were banned for minor reasons, the public voice chat will become available in 48 hours or so. But, if it has been weeks and you don’t recall being toxic towards any player, we recommend contacting Activision Support. 

That concludes everything you need to know about Disruptive Behavior Enforcement in MW3, how long it stays and how you can appeal. 

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