Microsoft's SkyDrive Reddit AMA: Info on storing nude images, file size limits and more

Microsoft added quite a few new photo and sharing features to SkyDrive today, and as part of its promotions the company got two members of the SkyDrive engineering team, Omar Shahine and Mona Akmal, to participate in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session.

The session yielded a few interesting tidbits about SkyDrive, including word that a rumored music player for the service was in fact not in the works. Another Reddit user asked if Microsoft might want to allow people to upload single files that are larger than 2 GB. The response seems to hint that a large file size option might be in the works:

This is a good one that we'd like to improve on. I can't comment about specifics here, but it's something we are looking at. The reason we don't support 2 GB is that when we designed the system 7 years ago we thought 2 GB was really big. Turns out it's not.

Another person asked about loosing the current Terms of Service on SkyDrive to allow for the uploads of nude images. Currently the TOS states that SkyDrive forbids uploading images that depict "... nudity of any sort, including full or partial human nudity, or nudity in nonhuman forms such as cartoons, fantasy art or manga." The SkyDrive team said that Microsoft has no interest in what a person uploads to their private files, with the exception of child exploitation which the company has "zero tolerance" for on the service.

However, if SkyDrive users try to share nude images in their files to the public, Microsoft wants to make sure such images are not offensive to the general public. The SkyDrive team states:

So we have mechanisms for people to "Report Abuse" in which case we'll review the content and ensure it's not offensive. We also have algorithms that attempt to detect "nude" shared content and disable sharing providing customers with a mechanism to contest that action. This is akin to "virus scanning" in that it's heuristic and therefore not perfect.

So basically, it's OK to store nude images on a private SkyDrive folder, with the exception of any that are clearly about the exploitation of children. Another person during the AMA asked if it was fine to store a family album of pictures that had images of the person and his siblings swimming nude as a kid. The SkyDrive team said, "yes. def allowed."

The AMA session also yielded some hints about future features. The SkyDrive team said they have talked about adding a way to tag photos but would not offer any information about if this might be added at some point. The same answer was given when asked about putting in shared folder sync features and increasing the purchasing limit for more space beyond 100 GB.

Source: Reddit | Image via Microsoft

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For a long while, I was pretty worried thinking they're strict over nudity based on what I was reading... But now it's like... Can I hold them to their word now? Because they seem a lot more casual than I thought they were. I'm a professional photographer, and there is occasionally nudity. Been living in fear for some time.

Storing nude content on your SkyDrive as far as I'm aware has always been Ok, however as stated above you cannot share these images publicly(or with anyone)... others do not allow this as well, Instagram, Facebook etc

So, go ahead sync your /b/ folder to your SkyDrive just don't create share links(this will initiate a scan of that shared content)

Now since you're a photographer, you may want to use another Image hosting site to share your photos, doesn't mean you can't use SkyDrive to back them up tho so you'll have access to your originals anywhere

Tom Chapman said,
For a long while, I was pretty worried thinking they're strict over nudity based on what I was reading... But now it's like... Can I hold them to their word now? Because they seem a lot more casual than I thought they were. I'm a professional photographer, and there is occasionally nudity. Been living in fear for some time.

In the same boat as you. I take shots of glamour models, so needless to say it involves a lot of boobage. I've put the images on skydive anyway though, and so far i've had no issues and they've been there for months now.

But i find that if you share any of the images, even with a single person (by generating a link for someone) then often that link will be disabled soon afterwards.

I have a bunch of nude pics in my Skydrive. As long as there are no naked children or a nude pic of Steve Ballmer, I should be ok.

Microsoft have changed their policy because they most certainly did not allow nudes in the past. I was locked out of my account for storing a single nude pic and I was not allowed back into my account until a MS rep contacted me to tell me what the offending pic was then then gave me an opportunity to remove it. Its my guess that so many other people had been locked out of their accounts that MS had to devote too many resources to unlocking people's accounts in addition, those users may have jumped shipped to Google services if MS was seen as being a bit too strict.

There was a story here well over a year ago, closer to 2 years I guess, mentioning how people were NOT allowed and never were, to have nude pictures on SkyDrive.
It was even saying that people could lose their XBOX Live accounts even.
Anyways, people were mentioning on getting rid of any nudies they had, and I also did.
I had tons of nude pics of internet models and porn stars, that I'd been adding for many many years, but to be safe, I downloaded em all to my computer.

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