Multiple users on Reddit, Twitter and the Official Xbox forums have been banned from many Xbox Live Gold activities, like Online multiplayer, Skype, and the Upload Studio, for profanities used in the Upload Studio and seemingly, Skype as well. Users report seeing images like this one, telling them they are not allowed to use Xbox Live Gold due to past activities.
Microsoft has responded to these reports by issuing the following statement “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 would also seem that these bans or only 24 hour bans. Microsoft did not confirm how much swearing is too much, or if games that featured swearing, like Battlefield 4, could potentially get users banned as well. Until more information comes out though, it’s better to be safe then sorry when it comes to what you say in the Upload Studio.
This reporter’s opinion: This seems quite excessive on Microsoft’s part. I can understand the ability to report on clips for swearing or slurs, but just blanket screening and issuing of bans without any real explanation is just silly. Many games we play feature a large amount of swearing as well. Heck, imagine if a game like Bulletstorm were on Xbox One, and clips were put on Upload Studio, would you just be immediately banned? I think any videos with profanities should be put on a setting where only users with adult accounts can view them. That way, younger viewers can avoid the profanities all together, and adults can view them if they choose. Win-Win.
by, Bobby Marquardt