&%*$#! Microsoft limits Xbox Live users' curse words

Take heed gamers: too many obscenities uttered in Upload Studio videos could lead to loss of account privileges.

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As Xbox players battled each other, uploading videos showcasing conquests and recording trash talking over the past couple of days, some players noticed that they lost their Xbox Live account privileges.

What gives?

Apparently, Microsoft has cracked down on the use of expletives in its Upload Studio videos.

"Excessive profanity and other Code of Conduct violations will be enforced upon. On Xbox One, we have a more sophisticated system of enforcement," a Microsoft spokesperson told CNET. "As a result, if someone misbehaves on the service, we may only suspend some of their privileges on Xbox Live such as access to certain apps or use of certain features."

"To be clear, the Xbox Live Policy & Enforcement team does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications like Skype chats and calls," the spokesperson continued. "We take Code of Conduct moderation via Upload Studio very seriously. The team reviews every clip that is uploaded to the service to help maintain a clean, safe and fun environment for all users."

Xbox forums lit up over the weekend as some users lost control of their accounts and were unable to use Skype and other applications via their consoles. There was some confusion as to why user privileges were being yanked and the length of time the suspensions would last.

Rather than being upset at having to limit profanity, most players appeared to be more peeved at how Microsoft handled the situation -- by pulling privileges without explaining why.

"I get the message 'Choose something else to play' simply because I assume MS was not happy about a video I uploaded," a user who goes by rbevanx wrote. "I think I should have just had a warning and not to do it again (don't even know what I did wrong in the first place)."

Another user who goes by Rockettpunk wrote, "MS really does need to: a) be much clearer on their terms as to how strict they will be. b) implement a strike system or at least message people."

[Via TechCrunch]