Microsoft bans some Xbox One Upload Studio users for 'excessive profanity'

Microsoft's Xbox One console allows owners to edit and upload gameplay videos to their SkyDrive account. Now it looks like some users of Upload Studio have had their access to the app banned temporarily due to what Microsoft calls violations of the Xbox Live Code of Conduct.

Polygon reports that some Xbox One owners posted up their ban reports on Microsoft's Xbox forums. The gameplay videos they created contained some swearing. Their suspensions appear to be temporary but show that Microsoft is somehow monitoring the content that Xbox One owners are creating with Upload Studio.

In a statement, Microsoft said:

.... 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.

It's unclear exactly how Microsoft checks on the content on videos made via Upload Studio. We have emailed the company to get more information on this subject. One Twitter user even claims he has been banned from using Skype on Xbox One due to the use of bad words on a private Skype call. However, Microsoft claims its Xbox Live enforcement team " ... does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications like Skype chats and calls."

Source: Polygon | Image via Microsoft

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Mike Greenway said,
Good, I don't want my kids exposed to fowl mothed thougtlessness, and they're in thier 30's!

Except for the fact a lot...A LOT of people playing Rated M games are people under 18. There are at least 40 people I know at work that have kids under 18 that play Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty.

And that's just the people I know.

I lol'd

Here, have some games that include violence and swearing but don't even dare swear yourself or we'll ban you and keep your money.

Consoles are a joke.

Tbh, I hope Sony do a similar thing to nip the reports of nudity, etc, in the bud early on.

If people know they're likely going to get their £400 console banned for doing it, they might think twice.

There is always that tough talking keyboard bad@ss hiding behind mommy's Compaq. Makes you want to choke them with a network cable.

Your meant to say:
I say Sir please do desist from using that tone of voice you bounder ,its simply not Cricket.My poor dear Ma Ma would faint if she overheard such offensive language.
Now get ready for a lesson in Queensbury rules young whippersnapper

Geezy said,
Weird that upload studio requires the camera to be plugged in when it doesn't even use it.

May be the Kinect is used as a co-processor for compress the video or may be it is because a future use.

Good. They deserve it. That crap is half the reason I don't do multiplayer games. I have thick skin and profanity is fine but it's just like anything else, too much is too much. If they can weed out the jerks that makes it a better place for the rest of us who just want to enjoy the game.

Good, I swear but there is a time/place for it and there is such a thing as to much swearing. Hope they ban the racist *******s to. When the first Obama elections were happening...hold cow the racists came out on LIVE.

for years I've had to put up with what is basically English degraded into foul language to describe any situation. while I do think the action of banning is a bit much, the users should have had their video pulled or at least warned that they should move it to the other cesspool of the web: youtube.

hahahaha, that would be awesome. You would have the highest rep ever.

On a side note, that battlefield player who ran around talking military talk and coordinating everything and talking about his mom being hq and having 5 minutes left is funny and while he swears everyonce in a while its a video that i don't think would be banned and something i wish others would strive towards.

That would be hilarious. I'd like playing against someone who was capable of witty banter. Some people just have a few four letter words with splashes of "your mom" tossed in. Just terrible. I hope the rep system weeds those players out. Let them all swear at each other on a deserted island, I say (ol' chap!).

For years people used language as a way to bash Xbox, claiming how online was a cesspool of hate. And now when some of it is being cleaned up, I assume we will hear about Microsoft taking away "free speech"

WhatTheSchmidt said,
For years people used language as a way to bash Xbox, claiming how online was a cesspool of hate. And now when some of it is being cleaned up, I assume we will hear about Microsoft taking away "free speech"

I never heard anyone bash Xbox in that manner previously.

People has lost their professionalism (and manners) to profanity. They think that for you to get the attention (or too look and sound cool), they need to use vulgar words.

AWilliams87 said,

I never heard anyone bash Xbox in that manner previously.

Is today your first day on the internet? Since LIVE was first announced, people have been claiming how it was full of people who use racist, homophobic, and other hate speech, and how Microsoft did little about it. Simply saying that you never heard of those complaints and bashing does not mean it didn't happen.

WhatTheSchmidt said,

Is today your first day on the internet? Since LIVE was first announced, people have been claiming how it was full of people who use racist, homophobic, and other hate speech, and how Microsoft did little about it. Simply saying that you never heard of those complaints and bashing does not mean it didn't happen.


I never said nor implied it didn't happen bro. I've had Xbox since the beginning and I'm telling you I never heard anyone bash it for that reason. There's no doubt those people exist on Xbox LIVE, however. But if I didn't like em, I'd simply mute em. It's no different on PC.

AWilliams87 said,

I never heard anyone bash Xbox in that manner previously.

I've heard that. If depends on the game. If you play COD online its just a bunch of kids swearing constantly. Other games it is completely different.

Microsoft claims its Xbox Live enforcement team " ... does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications like Skype chats and calls."
I guess Microsoft missed the memo that Skype isn't peer-to-peer anymore

greenwizard88 said,
I guess Microsoft missed the memo that Skype isn't peer-to-peer anymore

or more likely, just an angry gamer making up stuff. MSFT doesn't care about Skype swearing for it doesn't have a "record that" feature that integrates into skydrive and is visible from the xbox dashboard.

That has nothing to do with my comment. I'm talking about the lack of a peer-to-peer network backend, and how Microsoft is still pretending like it's an encrypted protocol. I'm not talking about the content of the article.

greenwizard88 said,
I guess Microsoft missed the memo that Skype isn't peer-to-peer anymore

Skype is peer to peer, it's got decentralised servers in the background that store messages and relay them back to clients, but the main infastructure still is P2P.

greenwizard88 said,
That has nothing to do with my comment. I'm talking about the lack of a peer-to-peer network backend, and how Microsoft is still pretending like it's an encrypted protocol. I'm not talking about the content of the article.

If you're not talking about the content of the article, why are you commenting at all?

greenwizard88 said,
That has nothing to do with my comment. I'm talking about the lack of a peer-to-peer network backend, and how Microsoft is still pretending like it's an encrypted protocol. I'm not talking about the content of the article.

Calls are still peer to peer. Go research the Messenger infrastructure to understand how NEWER Skype clients work.

The Skype 'spying' crap is based on the older Skype clients that Microsoft has been phasing out since they bought Skype.

neonspark said,

or more likely, just an angry gamer making up stuff. MSFT doesn't care about Skype swearing for it doesn't have a "record that" feature that integrates into skydrive and is visible from the xbox dashboard.

I'm gonna go with this. I mean, seriously.. Has anyone actually read the message from that Twitter guy's post?

"Because of your past behavior, you can't Xbox Live Gold is required to use Skype for Xbox One"

What the hell? Does anyone seriously think MS's grammar is THAT bad? That looks far more like a -really- badly faked message.

I would think this would depend on the rating of the game in the upload. I don't see what the big deal is if the game is already M rated and there is swearing but I could certainly see an issue with swearing during a gameplay video of an E rated game.

spudtrooper said,
This is what i was thinking.. but still, some people just have no common sense.

Just because it's rated mature, doesn't mean people want to hear a bunch of swearing when playing the game or watching the videos. It's rated M mainly because of the gun fighting and mature nature of the game. Not because of the mouths of the idiots that are playing it.

uxo22 said,

Just because it's rated mature, doesn't mean people want to hear a bunch of swearing when playing the game or watching the videos. It's rated M mainly because of the gun fighting and mature nature of the game. Not because of the mouths of the idiots that are playing it.

If you don't want to hear something from someone don't want that persons videos. If the game is rated M then you should be aware there could be foul language (in the game and/or commentary). No one is forcing you to watch someone elses videos. There are a lot of idiots posting videos with commentary not worth hearing even without swearing we don't need to censor that, just don't watch it. The ratings are there to give you an indication of what you are in for.

Asmodai said,

If you don't want to hear something from someone don't want that persons videos. If the game is rated M then you should be aware there could be foul language (in the game and/or commentary). No one is forcing you to watch someone elses videos. There are a lot of idiots posting videos with commentary not worth hearing even without swearing we don't need to censor that, just don't watch it. The ratings are there to give you an indication of what you are in for.

I'm sorry, is there some type of PRE-WATCH feature that I don't know about. How the hell do I know there is going to be profanity in it before watching it.

Take this site for instance, for the most part this site has mature users (like you I guess) yet you drop a few f-bombs and they will likely deal with you. Just because something is mature doesn't give it a license to be vulgar. Just saying; deep down, I really don't care what you say in your video, but perhaps MS does, and since it's their platform, I guess they get to make the rules right?

uxo22 said,

I'm sorry, is there some type of PRE-WATCH feature that I don't know about. How the hell do I know there is going to be profanity in it before watching it.

Take this site for instance, for the most part this site has mature users (like you I guess) yet you drop a few f-bombs and they will likely deal with you. Just because something is mature doesn't give it a license to be vulgar. Just saying; deep down, I really don't care what you say in your video, but perhaps MS does, and since it's their platform, I guess they get to make the rules right?


There is no pre-watch. That's what ratings are for. The same way movies are rated R, you know that if a game is rated M or a movie is rated R it may have foul language. It doesn't HAVE to, you don't KNOW for absolute sure. Maybe it got the R rating for nudity or excessive violence but you are at least aware there is a possibility for foul language. If a game is rated M then it may have such mature content and if you don't want to see/hear that then you probably shouldn't watch a lets play or gameplay videos of about that game. Now if the game is rated E then you have a reasonable expectation that the gameplay videos will NOT contain profanity so if MS wants to make sure people don't cuss during those videos I actually think that's great. As for this website it is NOT 'mature' just because mature people go to it. I'm 'mature' and I go to Pixar movies too that doesn't make them R rated.. Sites with mature content have an age verification checks. I don't recall having to enter my birthday when I came to Neowin, did you? Since it's not a mature content site it is appropriate for the neowin mods to censor posts with profanity. As for if MS has a RIGHT to censor their platform of course they do. No one was saying MS isn't ALLOWED to. I just started this thread by saying I don't see what the big deal is with cussing on the commentary of an M rated game. It's an opinion, you are free to disagree. The notion though that someone could get banned lets say for cussing on the commentary of a GTA game for example while the game itself is dropping F-bombs right and left is just silly to me.

I thought standards had degenerated to the point that just about any profanity didn't matter anymore ...

Hum said,
I thought standards had degenerated to the point that just about any profanity didn't matter anymore ...

But it doesn't mean that it has to get any lower ...especially on these kind of feature.

It's actually interesting that vulgarity bothers us at all and that something as simple as a "swear word" can offend someone. They're just words, after all.

But that's a discussion for another day.

The Gamer said,
It's actually interesting that vulgarity bothers us at all and that something as simple as a "swear word" can offend someone. They're just words, after all.

But that's a discussion for another day.

You are totally correct. However, the issue is the excessive use of those words.

Good point.

In that respect I guess it does make sense to limit excessive use. It isn't contributing anything of importance to the video.

dead.cell said,
No excessive swearing? How are the 12 year old COD players supposed to survive like that?!

what the f@# man you the f#%^ing he@$ can you du@$%$bags get my f%$@ing co$% video and not f#%^ing ban me from this f#$% sh$# bag xbox f#$% service.. f$#%^ man.. f$%^ off Microsoft.....

that's about what I get from 12yr olds on xbox live voice chat....

neufuse said,

what the f@# man you the f#%^ing....

that's about what I get from 12yr olds on xbox live voice chat....

CoD is rated Mature 17+, they should also ban their CoD game for the next 5 years.
Unless 12 years old kids use this kind of language over Knack or Viva Piniata, or Buzz, Kinect Adventures.