Some users of Microsoft’s Xbox One are a little frustrated. Microsoft temporarily banned them from using the Upload Studio, which allows users to upload gameplay footage with commentary to their SkyDrive account, and share that footage with the world. According to Microsoft, that’s because their language wasn’t in keeping with what the company wants to hear.
The bans, first spotted by The Verge, stem from Microsoft’s concerted effort to curb profanity and other types of offensive language on Xbox Live, and that includes, it seems, cracking down on when people use “excessive profanity” in videos posted to Upload Studio by blocking users who upload them from using the service for a short time. Still, those who are banned from Upload Studio can still use other aspects of their console, which is a better fate than those who were shipped a defective console to begin with.
In a thread on Reddit, some users pointed out that it seems odd for Microsoft to allow uploads from Mature-rated games (which often include profanity) but crack down on user-generated f-bombs.
Microsoft, for its part, says that it reviews every piece of content that’s posted using Upload Studio.
“We take Code of Conduct moderation via Upload Studio very seriously. The team reviews every clip that is uploaded to the service to help maintain a clean, safe and fun environment for all users,” a Microsoft spokesperson told GeekWire in an email.
At the moment, that’s a stark difference from Sony, which is currently in the midst of dealing with problems arising from some of its users reportedly streaming sexual content and drinking from the PS4’s Playroom app to Twitch.tv. It’s that sort of bad publicity that Microsoft seems to want to avoid by monitoring content.
Microsoft’s spokesperson went on to say that one of the new capabilities of the Xbox One allows the Xbox team to disable certain capabilities of the system without banning a user from Xbox Live outright, so that while someone’s profanity may block them from uploading gameplay videos, that doesn’t mean they’ll be barred from playing Battlefield 4.
“Excessive profanity and other Code of Conduct violations will be enforced upon. On Xbox One, we have a more sophisticated system of enforcement. As a result, if someone misbehaves on the service, we may only suspend some of their privileges on Xbox Live such as access to certain apps or use of certain features. We remain committed to preserving and promoting a safe, secure and enjoyable experience for all of our Xbox Live members.”
If there’s one take-away from this, it’s that Microsoft expects its users to play nice, and if they can’t, the company has no qualms about washing their mouths out with a soapy banhammer.
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