According to Microsoft’s updated service agreement, the company reserves the right to punish users if they use foul language on Xbox Live, Skype, and other MS products. It wasn’t immediately clear what “offensive language” means, but the move will surely impact Xbox Live, which has the largest number of trolls.
In the Code of Conduct section, we’ve clarified that use of offensive language and fraudulent activity is prohibited,
the company said.
The changes will become effective May 1, 2018. Profanities can bring temporary bans and even account suspensions. Microsoft will be able to boot you off in the middle of an argument.
Microsoft also said that it “reserves the right” to access users’ content when investigating alleged offensive language. In short, the tech giant reserves the right to sift through your content for any evidence of wrongdoing.
The company has yet to reply to a request for comment.
Microsoft Users Are Already Being Banned over Language
Some Reddit users, however, noted that the policy has been around for quite some time. Microsoft only became explicit about it. For instance, on user said he told a joke to his friend about his mom having a “big gay son”. The friend reported him and the Microsoft user was banned for two weeks.
Other users are concerned what the new policy may mean for services like OneDrive and Skype. Sexting and adult video calls may soon become a thing of the past under the new rules.
What’s more, Microsoft could delete or suspend an OneDrive account for containing a folder with a profanity in it. Other users expressed concerns that the new rules are there to reserve Microsoft the right to cancel accounts that it doesn’t like.
Under Microsoft’s new policies, spam, child exploitation, illegal activities, and malware proliferation will be severely punished.
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