Microsoft have taken a firm stance on bad language this time around. Anyone who uploads a video to the Xbox One‘s video studio that features bad language, will be met with a 24 hour ban from Xbox Live. The video studio is there for all to see and every video is public. Microsoft see the use of bad language as an infringement of the code of conduct. A spokesperson for Microsoft told CVG this:
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
“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.”
On the other hand, private chat, private messages and peer to peer Skype talks will go continue to go unmonitored and unpunished – as these are private messages, often between friends. Microsoft wanted to make it incredibly clear that they WILL NOT be listening in to people’s private conversations. A problem that has worried many once it became clear that the new Kinect sensor will always be on standby waiting to listen to your commands:
To be clear, the Xbox Live policy and enforcement team does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications like Skype chats and calls.”
What are your thoughts? Should the public be protected from bad language? Does this affect freedom of speech? Is it concerning that Microsoft are monitoring such things? Should there be the option to turn these videos into over 18’s only? Tell us what you think.