Microsoft apologizes after banning Fort Gay resident on Xbox Live

According to the BBC, when 26-year-old Josh Moore entered his home town into his Xbox Live account, he was banned from the service for breaking its code of conduct. It turns out, despite Microsoft’s initial suspicions, that Fort Gay is in fact a town in West Virginia – and that Mr Moore wasn’t implying that his town was ‘gay’ in any way.

Initially, Microsoft wouldn’t look into Mr Moore’s appeal over his ban, but later Microsoft responded with an apology to him and the community of Fort Gay. Microsoft has been known for strict enforcement of rules regarding anti-social and discriminatory behavior on Xbox Live and claims that this was simply a miscommunication, with a spokesperson adding that staying ahead of slang and policing Xbox Live is a constant challenge. Mr Moore claims that, although he wasn’t gay, he felt as though Microsoft were discriminating.

The Wikipedia article on Fort Gay claims that Fort Gay was originally chartered as ‘Cassville’, but renamed to Fort Gay in 1932 – most probably to differentiate it from another Cassville in West Virginia.

Of course discrimination still happens on Xbox Live, especially if you’re playing Halo against a girl (warning: offensive language).

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See what happens when political correctness runs amok?
Thank you to the "PC" crowd, the American education system, and people who have a burr under their saddle.

The reason why Microsoft refused to look into it at first is because typically bans are permanent and can't be reversed. There is the occasional ban though.

Hfric said,
What about F`cking,_Austria which is a real place, yet the stupid censor filter keeps blocking?

Oh im austrian and I live in canada and the town names are jks

Hfric said,
What about F`cking,_Austria which is a real place, yet the stupid censor filter keeps blocking?

Now thats just f'cking hilarious. Found out this list at Wiki:
* Anus, France
* Climax, Michigan
* Climax, Minnesota
* Climax, Pennsylvania
* Climax, Saskatchewan
* Condom, France
* Dildo, Newfoundland and Labrador
* Hell, Michigan
* Hell, Norway
* Intercourse, Pennsylvania
* P'ssy, France
* Shitterton, England
* Tittybong, Victoria
* Twatt, Shetland
* Wank (mountain)

sviola said,
Why don't they use a database fed Country/State/City drop down boxes on the registiring form?
Lots of opportunity for missing data, and what happens if you don't want to put a real place?

buckhole said,
It worries me that some people find that video funny.
I did, which is why it's there
As an XBL user, I completely understand the frustration women and little kids feel.

buckhole said,
It worries me that some people find that video funny.

you should be worried cause i'm chocking with too much lols at that vid. XD

0sm3l said,
I thought they were not banning over having sexual references in your profile anymore... ???

Yes, but they thought that the user was trying to say something offensive, like, "Ha ha ha, I've got a fort full of gay people!" when in fact, it was an actual place.