Xbox One Skype and Streaming Apps May Ban Users for Swearing

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Xbox One Skype and Streaming Apps May Ban Users for Swearing

Your Xbox One does not appreciate that potty mouth, so keep it in check or you might get a time out!

Microsoft may be temporarily banning users who swear while using Skype and Upload Studio on Xbox One. Multiple users have taken to Reddit and the Xbox One forums after finding themselves locked out of the apps, presumably after submitting content - Either uploading gameplay streams or using Skype to make a private call - which included profanity. Based on the photo above, posted by Twitter user Connor, the Xbox One tells banned users to "choose something else to play... Because of their past behavior."

"I made a video and said a bad word (not really a swear in my opinion, but I do understand their displeasure - the nickname of the name Richard) and now I am not able to put Kinect videos on my uploads or upload gameplay at all," says Reddit user Macedonian Wolf.

Macedonian Wolf found, upon calling Microsoft customer service, that his or her account was still "in good standing" with Xbox Live. Microsoft customer service said the company would work to lift the ban. Sure enough, Wolf was able to open Upload Studio again within 24 hours.

Meanwhile, some Xbox One forum-goers are suggesting the ban may be connected to the apps' content rating: Many users claim they have successfully uploaded profanity-laced streaming content from M-rated games like Battlefield 4.

As Polygon points out, Microsoft's code of conduct for Xbox Live prevents users from using profanity in their gamertags, Avatars, profiles or in-game content. The terms do not specifically mention streaming gameplay.

Source: Reddit and Twitter via Polygon

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What the fuck is wrong with a bit of swearing?

If it's used to hurl abuse at someone, surely the reason for banning should be the abuse, not the fact that swore.

What's disturbing is:

using Skype to make a private call

Why are microsoft even monitoring private calls?

Wait...So you can get banned for swearing in a private Skype call?

Great thing that Microsoft coverts the piracy of their users so much...

Well, that's disturbing and yet at the same time completely expected. I just wish that America wasn't as willing to give up privacy to 'stop them durn turrists', really, but one event a decade ago's cowed the populace.

It's ridiculous, really.

I'm more annoyed at the constant hate swearing gets.

If you're in a social environment, playing games etc then what is wrong with swearing? 13 year olds know most swear words. If you're in an interview and start swearing then it becomes an issue 'cos it's not professional ... wouldn't want your waiter to be swearing, would you? As much as you wouldn't want them to say "sup, what you want?".

More on topic. Getting banned from skype for swearing in a private call doesn't sound right to me. I doubt even MS would go that far.

Wait, hold on, what does that error say?
"Because of your past behavior, you can't Xbox Live Gold is required to use Skype for Xbox One."
Uuuuh... does Microsoft know how grammar works? 'Cos it's really not like that.

Though even if they could spell this is still really shitty. Private calls shouldn't be getting monitored and moderated, and so long as you provide warning there's no reason not to let streamers say whatever the dick they want.

Getting banned for swearing during a private skype call?
That can't be real.

So Microsoft is deliberately trying to be the "Big Brother" of video games? Even more reason for me to pass on the Xbox One.

Telling you how/when/why/what you can do with your system after you've bought it is pretty crappy. It's like you're paying them for "permission" to use their system entirely at their discretion; you don't even own it.

I'm a grown adult. I will use what language I see fit. You do not like it? Then I suggest you do as the late bill hicks once said on the matter. Calm down, take a breath, look around you and shut the fuck up.

bluecrimson:
Well, that's disturbing and yet at the same time completely expected. I just wish that America wasn't as willing to give up privacy to 'stop them durn turrists', really, but one event a decade ago's cowed the populace.

It's ridiculous, really.

I assume the event you are talking about was the Janet Jackson Super Bowl nip slip, right? That directly led to a heavy crack-down on using profanity on TV and stuff.

Otherwise I'm not sure what you are talking about. No one is overlooking the privacy concerns of the XBox One because they think that might somehow be used to avenge 9/11.

MS probably just screwed up some code that was supposed to stop users from saying bad words in multiplayer games that aren't rated M. No one is being "cowed" here. If MS is actually going to enforce a rule that says you can't use cuss words in a private Skype call, then people will not just accept that. It will be a huge PR disaster for them.

I'm guessing they'll probably push an update to fix this and hope these first few instances are forgotten.

Sooooo... big brother microsoft is indeed watching you?

Who would have thought?! Oh thats right.. everyone who decided against buying one of these things.

Did anyone really believed that microsoft wouldnt somehow monitor your usage of the xbone you bought?

But seriously even in private skype calls? How does that even work? Do they have a software running in the background that has a blacklist of "words youre not allowed to say"?

Oh boy, if they introduce these policies to XBL parties and in-game chats as well, COD will soon be free of twelve year olds. :D

So this is the feature they put in, instead of backwards compatibility? I'm glad I'm not getting a console from this generation. Thats also some great Engrish in the screenshot. Was any of the software for that thing developed in an english speaking country?

But everyone! Don't you understand? This is to make it so there is a more comfortable environment so that everyone can enjoy playing video games!

Seriously though, you all had to realize this was coming when you started supporting groups like Extra Credits and trying to get rid of "toxic" people from the hobby of video games. Same when people agreed that video games should be more accommodating to women as well(really don't get this one to be honest considering women have been playing games for decades but hey new social movements an all). Ya have only yourselves to blame for this when you decided to trade in your freedom to speak how you personally speak in your leisure time to try and make your hobby be so professional it was like a second job.

So hey, enjoy knowing that everyday you get off of work from that long 6-5 job(I'm including the children factor and commute time here) that those few precious moments you do have time to play video games that you will have to keep that stick up your ass just like you do at work. Yeah for enabling people to enforce their morality on what people do in their private lives and leisure activities! YEAH!

EDIT: Oh and don't think you people who are lucky enough not to work those 6-5 jobs are getting off easy, remember more companies are enabling people the ability to report without providing any actual evidence so enjoy knowing that if someone is offended they get to report you to.

As fun as mocking M$ is, it's probably a mistake. Trying to cover all the in-game videos and Skype calls would be incredibly costly and not return any money to them.

Ironically this won't stop the 13 year-olds (or those with the mind of a 13 year-old) from swearing and making all sorts of hateful comments while playing the latest CoD because it's rated "M".

Why am I not surprised? This all reeks of Microsoft's BS policies that we've known about for, what, a year now and still continue to hope that all their DRM and snooping ways weren't really going to happen. "Listening" in on personal Skype phonecalls is crossing a line and makes me seriously wodner about the sanity of people who allow the Kinect into their home.

And MS should really look back at the 1st Amendmant again seeing as their an American business: profanity, in many situations (not all), is protected. I'm sure a personal phone call would be protected there and banning people for something like that could bring out a big ol' pot of boiling water.

But Microsoft is totally not spying on you guys. It's just monitoring everything you do! There's a difference!

omega 616:
I'm more annoyed at the constant hate swearing gets.

If you're in a social environment, playing games etc then what is wrong with swearing? 13 year olds know most swear words. If you're in an interview and start swearing then it becomes an issue 'cos it's not professional ... wouldn't want your waiter to be swearing, would you? As much as you wouldn't want them to say "sup, what you want?".

More on topic. Getting banned from skype for swearing in a private call doesn't sound right to me. I doubt even MS would go that far.

Yeah, I agree with this, swearing when the situation calls for it or when it's natural is fine. Swearing in private calls... well who the fuck cares?! I could understand if this was simply during multiplayer and I would even support it (less annoying people shouting profanities making it possible to hear what the game sounds like), but private calls is so silly I am almost having problems believing it. Sadly, I can sort of believe it...

No, they are not monitoring private calls, it was for "excessive profanity" on the Upload Studio app. Stupid yes (although I can see why they would ban people from the Upload Sutdio app, if it was on a lower age rating of game they were swearing on), but not the Big Brother conspiracy that people like to think off when it comes to the Xbox One.

Now I'd like to know,.... how does the X-box know what a swear word is? That's usually a contextual issue. It also doesn't account for newly invented swear words which video games play a large part in... don't give me that look. Any one who's play the Dam stage in TMNT , Dragon Warrior or Battle Toads has probably invented more than a few swear words and don't get me started on Ninja-Motherblammin-gaiden.

This just seems like one of the reasons why we don't like the idea of MS watching and listening to our every word...

A private call?

Seriously though... Thinking of the children is one thing. Policing how friends speak to each other using the internet is another.

I'd double check those EULA's and terms of service if I had an Xbone.

As someone who curses regularly when in private chat with my actual friends:

I love how MS doesn't lift a finger when people circumvent filters to fill your inbox with hate speech because they lost.
Also, nice respect for privacy you have there. We can TOTALLY trust you

Michael Epstein:
Meanwhile, some Xbox One forum-goers are suggesting the ban may be connected to the apps' content rating: Many users claim they have successfully uploaded profanity-laced streaming content from M-rated games like Battlefield 4.

If this doesn't result in immature gamers gravitation to games with M ratings so they can swear and mature gamers losing interest in those games (and maybe getting jaded of video games as a whole) I'll be shocked.

Of course if a games company acts on this and makes an FPS with first rate gunplay but without the bloody or highly realistic violence they'll have a carved out a niche of market share that neither Battlefield or Call of Duty will ever claim back. Once you're civilised you don't want to play with any more screaming tantruming manchildren ever again.

Tenmar:
But everyone! Don't you understand? This is to make it so there is a more comfortable environment so that everyone can enjoy playing video games!

Seriously though, you all had to realize this was coming when you started supporting groups like Extra Credits and trying to get rid of "toxic" people from the hobby of video games. Same when people agreed that video games should be more accommodating to women as well(really don't get this one to be honest considering women have been playing games for decades but hey new social movements an all). Ya have only yourselves to blame for this when you decided to trade in your freedom to speak how you personally speak in your leisure time to try and make your hobby be so professional it was like a second job.

So hey, enjoy knowing that everyday you get off of work from that long 6-5 job(I'm including the children factor and commute time here) that those few precious moments you do have time to play video games that you will have to keep that stick up your ass just like you do at work. Yeah for enabling people to enforce their morality on what people do in their private lives and leisure activities! YEAH!

EDIT: Oh and don't think you people who are lucky enough not to work those 6-5 jobs are getting off easy, remember more companies are enabling people the ability to report without providing any actual evidence so enjoy knowing that if someone is offended they get to report you to.

So it's Extra Credits' fault that Microsoft are tapping private Skype conversations. You learn something new every day...

Shamanic Rhythm:

So it's Extra Credits' fault that Microsoft are tapping private Skype conversations. You learn something new every day...

I think you missed the word "like" in there good sir. But be it skype or how we choose to upload our videos we should be able to swear freely. There are no actual laws that makes swearing illegal, all it does is make those with a weak constitution uncomfortable but that isn't against the law. You put in the tools for people to socialize they are going to socialize the way they are comfortable. I get it when you want people to act professionally when you are say on the job, but we are talking about a hobby, the time of day where people get to unwind after dealing with all the crap and it helps people deal with the stress. With crap like this, you can't even unwind during your leisure activity. Obviously I put more blame on Microsoft for having such a terrible policy but it is always going to be those groups who enforce their morality on others that cause this invasion of the private space.

hazabaza1:
Wait, hold on, what does that error say?
"Because of your past behavior, you can't Xbox Live Gold is required to use Skype for Xbox One."
Uuuuh... does Microsoft know how grammar works? 'Cos it's really not like that.

I think it says:

Because of your past behavior, you cunt! Xbox Live Gold is required to use Skype for Xbox One.

Good to know that I'm only missing out on Nanny Microsoft making sure all the girls and boys are playing nicely whilst not being terrorists.

And we all thought Google was only evil spying empire working on behalf of the NSA? Oh Microsoft, is there anything else you can't f*** up?

Phrozenflame500:
As fun as mocking M$ is, it's probably a mistake. Trying to cover all the in-game videos and Skype calls would be incredibly costly and not return any money to them.

Not like anyone asked for this.

Also, you usually skype with people you know, not some random strangers you happen to be in the same random match with. Hell, my Skype history is mostly a clusterfuck of curses and insults in different languages with a teeny bit of context...

All in good spirit, of course. ;)

Lol. Simple answer to this crap is don't use them, then. We'll see how long they hold onto that view with five users.

What's next? Getting extra on your phone bill, because you swear at someone you know in jest. Very funny bs, MS.

We're really looking at credible sources here. Reddit AND Twitter, wowee. Just need to add a wikipedia article and we've got the most reliable bit of news that ever existed.

"...or using Skype to make a private call..."

A "private" call. Remember way, way back (several days ago) when Steve Ballmer said Microsoft could be trusted with its users' privacy?

Oops.

I wonder if it's actually microsoft monitoring calls or of the kinect just has a built in list of "no no words" and pings MS when one of them is used while the console is online. Given someone was apparently banned for saying dick (the shortened form of richard) I have a hard time believing that was the call of someone sitting behind a screen listening to the audio and making a conscious descision.

Stories like that sound more like the hallmark of poorly designed filter programs.

redknightalex:

And MS should really look back at the 1st Amendmant again seeing as their an American business: profanity, in many situations (not all), is protected. I'm sure a personal phone call would be protected there and banning people for something like that could bring out a big ol' pot of boiling water.

The part of the first amendment about freedom of speech says the government can't restrict speech. Microsoft as a company (nationalities of corporations is kinda iffy nowadays) is free to make you sing The British national anthem to turn it on.

As to the actual banning, I think it might be a good, if not flawed attempt to enforcing content rating on games with such. I don't know what would be a better alternative, but they're trying.....something?

As to the private calls, sorry Microsoft. Tried to see a reasonable answer there, but just can't. Either it's a fuck up, or they genuinely lost the feel for how the general gaming public would react to implemented policies. I would give more leeway with the "fuck up" option, but their recent history at unveiling all the initial craziness with Xbone and thinking people would be ok with it makes me second guess that now.

Weaver:
But Microsoft is totally not spying on you guys. It's just monitoring everything you do! There's a difference!

B-But in 1984, they would drag you to the Ministry of Love and t-torture you for doing bad things! A-At least M-Microsoft just bans those scoundrels! H-How generous!

Winston's government had it all wrong - people will gladly accept a Telescreen in their homes if it comes with a copy of Dead Rising 3.

Tenmar:

Seriously though, you all had to realize this was coming when you started supporting groups like Extra Credits and trying to get rid of "toxic" people from the hobby of video games. Same when people agreed that video games should be more accommodating to women as well(really don't get this one to be honest considering women have been playing games for decades but hey new social movements an all). Ya have only yourselves to blame for this when you decided to trade in your freedom to speak how you personally speak in your leisure time to try and make your hobby be so professional it was like a second job.

it's not nearly as black and white as you make it sound. Yeah, freedom of speech is important, but I would be all for handing out bans for foul language if it was targeted at morons who harass people in online play, rather than private calls and livestreams. People pay microsoft for the right to use their servers, which puts microsoft in the position of having to decide whether to protect the rights of whiny manchildren to abuse whoever they please, or to protect the happiness and comfort of the greatest number of people possible. Honestly, it's a no brainer.

granted, that's all off topic, since at the end of the day this is an action that helps no one and hurts everyone. Since the rating of the game may decide whether you get banned or not, and the bans themselves occurred from a personal stream, which people can choose of their own free will to view.

... and that's not even touching the unfortunate implications involved in banning for the content of a private call.

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