View Full Version : Microsoft Regrets Banning Xbox Live User From Fort Gay

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08-09-10, 21:10
08-09-10 21:00


Microsoft stepped in to alter their Code of Conduct earlier this year and finally allow Xbox Live users to identify as gay in their profiles (http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2010/03/05/xbox-live-now-allows-for-sexual-orientation-in-profile-gamertag/), but that change still left a ban net capable of catching 26-year-old Fort Gay, WV resident Josh Moore. He got the boot last week, but the people at XBL have since seen the error of their ways and reversed the call.

Microsoft's agent made a mistake, Xbox Live chief enforcement officer Stephen Toulouse acknowledged, according to a report published by the Associated Press (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h5X6hL7iERUljRvfymMhMMsPhkigD9I3MIL80). The ban came as a result of another user's complaint, which forced Moore to spend multiple days convincing XBL that he actually did live in Fort Gay, but Toulouse said training would be updated going forward.

It's nice that the system worked in Moore's favor in the end, but still, it's a shame that he'd have to see his account suspended for simply stating his place of residence. He can probably blame the legions of foul-mouthed youngsters on XBL who use his city's name in much more vulgar, less tasteful ways every day on the service. It's always great to hear that MS has figured out a new way to combat those users, but the ratio of offensive city names to juvenile hate speech uses I've heard tossed about playing "Modern Warfare 2" is almost non-existent.

Are you glad to hear that Microsoft decided to apologize? Where would you like to see them focus their XBL bans in the future? Share your responses in the comment section below.

Bron: multiplayerblog.mtv.com/ (http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2010/09/08/microsoft-regrets-banning-xbox-live-user-from-fort-gay/)