Sharing Cuss-Filled Videos On Xbox One Can Get Your Account Suspended

Sharing Cuss-Filled Videos on Xbox One Can Get Your Account Suspended

Everyone who's played so much as a 15 minutes of Candy Crush knows that, aside from mechanics, graphics, and all that other good stuff — swearing is a crucial part of playing games. Swear too much at your Xbox One in gameplay footage though, and your account can get suspended if you upload it.

Kinect likes to listen to you. It's a big part of the console's appeal. But it doesn't like to hear your swears. At least not in Upload Studio, the Xbox One service that lets you share gameplay clips (with non-profane voiceover!) with friends, and save those clips to your SkyDrive. If you've got a dirty mouth, you can run into trouble.

A number of Xbox One users piped up over on the Xbox forums, complaining that they couldn't use Skype or Upload Studio thanks to "past behaviour," and now Microsoft has weighed in to explain the situation. And part of the situation is that you can't swear too much in Upload.

As Microsoft put it to Polygon:

To be clear, the Xbox Live Policy & Enforcement team does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications like Skype chats and calls. Also, we take Code of Conduct moderation via Upload Studio very seriously. We want a clean, safe and fun environment for all users. Excessive profanity as well as other Code of Conduct violations will be enforced upon and result in suspension of some or all privileges on Xbox Live. We remain committed to preserving and promoting a safe, secure and enjoyable experience for all of our Xbox Live members.

It seems that users who are being banned from Skype have received a full Xbox Live ban in another app for non-swearing bad behaviour, but swearing too much in Upload will get you what seems to be a temporary, 24 hour ban on first offence. What happens on a second offence, or what constitutes "too much swearing," isn't entirely clear yet. So for the time being, it might be wise to watch your mouth. [Polygon]


Comments

    Nail in the coffin.

    I don't swear at games so much as just generally swear when I so feel the need (often). No point if it's going I censor me.

      You can swear if you want on private speak but PUBLIC-uploads (A public space is a social space that is generally open and accessible to all people) requires one to be a bit more couth in their language.

    Really.....What's next. Are they going to check that you washed your hands after you've gone to the toilet.

      This isn't a case of telling you that you cant talk to your mates like that, its saying if you want to put up a public video that children can see then stfu and keep it civil. How hard is that to understand? If they allowed you to flag the content as mature and prevent certain accounts accessing it then by all means swear away...

        If parents were supervising their children like they're supposed to be doing, this wouldn't be an issue.

        It's not my job to censor myself for your kids "protection". If you're worried, don't leave them to a microphone attached Internet box.

          So how do you propose one supervises their children in public shopping centres so that they don't hear any cuss word or bad language? MSFT' "Public" is akin to you standing in a public mall. You're not allowed to swear and cuss loudly there just as you're not allowed to swear and cuss loudly in their public areas.

          It is really quite simple to understand.

          If a parent uses the inbuilt content controls and only buys suitable games for their child then that is as much as they should have to do. It doesn't matter if you swear your head off in a private party chat or on a Skype call but in a recorded video intended to be watched by other people then you should at least maintain a level of decency that you would be expected to generally in public.

    These money making systems are causing more frustration for gamers than fun.

    Does this mean I can't have sexy times Skype chats with the hotties?

    So they give us new toys but take away the fun?

    this is proof these are just trojan horses. you pay for your servitude. you deserve what you get.
    telling you how to act and speak. is a whole new level of 1984!

      Wow, you don't sound like a nutjob at all...
      This is all about people breaching the terms of service for uploaded videos. Much like if you uploaded porn to YouTube. Its not like they are sitting there listing to your party chat and banning you then you call your mate a c**t etc. In most cases MS would only even know about these videos because users have found them offensive and reported them.

        actually if you jump across to kokato. one of the bans. was for a guy using SKYPE! so yes they are listening. or someone complained about the persons behavior. although im sure the skype call was friend / friend.

          I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that it was in game chat/behaviour or messages that they were reported for. Why would a company pay staff (something they already hate to do) to spy on Skype calls (probably illegally) just to ban people??? That makes NO sense whatsoever.

            there is a screenshot of it. saying cause of behavior on skype they can't use it! Im not a conspiracy theorist! It's conspiracy fact!
            microsoft admitted that skype (VOIP) had been broken/comprimised when the PRISM thing went down. jeez guys get a lil bit better informed!! stop just playing games, and read!

    The only screenshot I've seen is the one saying their Xbox Live Gold account is banned because of previous behaviour and so they cant use Skype because it requires it.

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