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Microsoft Bans Xbox Users For “Excessive Profanity”

Submitted by on November 27, 2013 – 10:33 amNo Comment

Some Xbox users logged on this week, only to be told that their usage was not permitted due to “past behavior.” Microsoft confirmed this week that it had suspended some users for uploading profanity-laden videos through the Xbox One’s Upload Studio, but the company also denied rumors that it was also monitoring private communications.

Users started posting about the bans on Xbox message boards several days ago. Several spoke to Microsoft employees who confirmed the bans.

Microsoft then released a statement, saying “[e]xcessive profanity as well as other Code of Conduct violations [in the Upload Studio] will be enforced upon and result in suspension of some or all privileges on Xbox Live.”

But the company also clarified that their monitoring team “does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications like Skype chats and calls.”

One poster on the message board noted the irony that he was banned for posting a video with profanity, while his activity feed is full of violent and profane gameplay videos from games like Dead Rising 3 and Battlefield 3.

Alex Wilhelm at TechCrunch noted that Microsoft is within its rights to regulate its privately-owned forums, as long as it is not monitoring the private communications. But Wilhelm also calls it “an odd choice” to censor the “notoriously dickish” interpersonal conversations of gamers.

What do you think of Microsoft censoring Xbox users?

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