Microsoft will now target Xbox trolls in their latest service update
If you’ve ever played any video game ever online, chances are you have had to deal with some pretty undesirable people. What should be an amazing experience of playing games with people all over the world, quickly devolves into hate, racism, and plain stupidity thanks to the wonderful (heavy, heavy sarcasm) contributions of the trolls that litter this platform. And I use the word “litter” purposely here because they’re trash.
Thanks to the anonymity of the internet, these low life human beings can hide behind the veil, spewing their ignorance. Some games work to circumvent this behavior by making in-game chat only available to friends and those you allow, but many games, and the platforms themselves, simply can’t prevent hateful messages from being sent. All platforms are plagued by this behavior, but companies are working to make online gaming a more enjoyable experience, in part by making sure these people get the appropriate punishments when applicable.
Case in point is Microsoft and their recently announced updates coming to their service agreement. While many of the changes are general updates to services and sections, the fifth point from their list is what we are referring to:
In the Code of Conduct section, we’ve clarified that use of offensive language and fraudulent activity is prohibited. We’ve also clarified that violation of the Code of Conduct through Xbox Services may result in suspensions or bans from participation in Xbox Services, including forfeiture of content licenses, Xbox Gold Membership time, and Microsoft account balances associated with the account.
Notice that Microsoft leaves it at “offensive language,” and not strictly “profanity,” which allows them to expand on what is an actionable offense. So, if you’re someone who plagues video games with offensive language, watch out, you now have a target on your head.
The updated agreement is not yet live, but will roll out in a month, on May 1st, 2018.
How do you feel about this new change? Will you be affected? Let us know what you’re thinking in the comments below!