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Microsoft Comments On Alleged Skype And Upload Bans

by Mike Futter on Nov 25, 2013 at 07:13 AM

Yesterday some Reddit users reported that Microsoft had banned their accounts for “past behavior” making use of Skype and Upload Studio impossible. We reached out to Microsoft for comment on the matter.

“To be clear, the Xbox Live Policy & Enforcement team does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications like Skype chats and calls,” a Microsoft representative told Game Informer via email. “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.”

Without monitoring peer-to-peer Skype calls, there is no way that Microsoft could have banned anyone for foul language in that app. However, users would do well to keep voice overs on uploaded clips clean. Foul language there can get you suspended and, possibly, banned.

[Source: Reddit]


Our Take
The rules around Upload Studio are an extension of the Xbox Live terms of service that have been in effect for years. Don’t use inappropriate Gamertags. Don’t put foul language in your profile. Add the new understandings around Upload Studio to the way you interact with the service and you should stay on the right side of Xbox Live Enforcement’s thin green line.