Original story: Polygon Report: Xbox One Upload Studio users temporarily banned for swearing (update: Microsoft responds)
Had a conversation with somebody today about our thoughts on how Microsoft is handling bans of users who use hate speech, slurs or excessive swearing.
His side of the argument word for word. (Represented by the letter F and me the letter E)
F - wow microsoft is handing out bans for swearing. welcome to the twilight of free speech and the dawn of mass-surveillance and censorship. bet on it. the argument is gonna be: "well, you're using this service/comments section/safe space/circlejerk and you have to obey the rules of this private space" yeah cool, except in the age of technology most conversation happens in spaces like that, and having a policy that in effect beheads a transgressor for speaking is ridiculous and neo-puritanical.
E - Except they're only banning people who excessively use slurs, hatespeech and/or profanity and then upload those videos to the Upload Studio. People were banned from using Skype as a part of their ban from another app.
I would love if they ban every racist little asshole I run into online. I pay good money for the service and those types of users ruin my experience. If users don't like being banned for breaking the code of conduct on a service run by Microsoft then they can go fuck off else where. This isn't about limiting speech, it's about weeding out users too immature to use Xbox Live appropriately.
F - keep shilling for the man e
E - If their service justifies the money I spend on Xbox Live then I will continue to support it. I think their decisions here support my best interest as a consumer in this particular case. I appreciate when their decisions align with my own interests online.
N - (another person in the convo, friend of F) Fuck off somewhere else, Frank, you fucking hate monger
F - See? N is spamming hate and ignorance but I didnt censor him because he is free
E - And so is the service of Facebook, which is a (mostly) open space where people can share basically whatever they want within it's set guidelines. People can be banned from facebook for not following its terms and conditions.
F - Yeah read up more on fbook banning pages on bullshit grounds too.
E - I agree it can be bullshit, Facebook is designed to basically be an open forum where ideas and conversations should be able to flow freely. Xbox live is a service run by Microsoft for the use of online multiplayer everything else they provide. There is no need for me to hear "BITCHCUNTFAGGOTCOCK" screamed into my ear when I'm trying to play Halo. I'm there to play games not deal with immature pricks. There are other places on the internet where people can act like that, Microsoft is just saying "Not if we can help it."
Almost all online services are similar to this, including the Playstation Network, Steam and especially Nintendo's online service. Nintendo clamps down on things harder then anyone.
F - E u are bluepilled to the max
E - Haha, maybe so, but that doesn't matter since I can choose to spend my money how I please. All these talks stem from the console wars of days past. At the end of the day, the best system out there is the one you buy.
I guess enjoying a service automatically means you are an indoctrinated slave. Note, this was a casual disagreement between friends and there is no malice on either end, but I still don't think I'm the indoctrinate.
Now what are your thoughts on the matter?