Xbox Live Code of Conduct loosened up a bit

by: Dan -
Last week, a letter from Marc Whitten was released touting a change to the Xbox Live Code of Contact as it pertains to the ability to proclaim “self identification” in your Xbox Live profile or Gamertag. Well, it appears as if Microsoft has made a change in policy and is now allowing folks to do a little self proclamation. So if you want to come out on Xbox Live, you wont be banned, but chances ar you may still get harassed by all the nitwits that use the system. If you worship the Klingon, feel free to state it, but your chances of getting a date may have dropped significantly. Anyway, here is the letter from Whitten and a link to the updated Code of Conduct. Feel free to leave your feedback below on this change in course from Microsoft.

Dear Xbox LIVE members,

Since the beginning, Microsoft has made an investment in the security and safety of Xbox LIVE and created tools and monitoring practices to ensure it is a fun and welcoming entertainment experience for people of all races, nationalities, religions and sexual orientations. And thanks to this investment and the enthusiasm of community members like you, we’re proud to be the strongest and most diverse online community of its kind at 23 million.

The Xbox LIVE Terms of Use and Code of Conduct are designed to create a place where people can safely enjoy all of the ways to interact on our service, be it online multiplayer gaming, photo sharing, Netflix parties, or social games such as 1 vs. 100, without fear of discrimination or harassment. As the service evolves and our customers provide us with feedback, these rules evolve to incorporate new features or changes in how people wish to interact.

With that in mind, I’d like to announce an update to the Xbox LIVE Terms of Use and Code of Conduct which will allow our members to more freely express their race, nationality, religion and sexual orientation in Gamertags and profiles. Under our previous policy, some of these expressions of self identification were not allowed in Gamertags or profiles to prevent the use of these terms as insults or slurs. However we have since heard feedback from our customers that while the spirit of this approach was genuine, it inadvertently excluded a part of our Xbox LIVE community. This update also comes hand-in-hand with increased stringency and enforcement to prevent the misuse of these terms.

I truly believe that our diversity is what makes us strong: diversity in gaming and entertainment options, and diversity in the people that make up this amazing community. I look forward to seeing you on LIVE soon.

Jump in,

Marc Whitten
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