• Xbox apologises over 'gay' suspension

    Microsoft has apologised to a town in America after suspending one of its residents from Xbox Live.
    Twenty-six-year-old Josh Moore was banned because officials said he'd broken Xbox's code of conduct by saying he lives in Fort Gay, West Virginia - a name branded offensive by the company.
    Despite contacting Microsoft and the enforcement team at Xbox Live to reassure them that it was a real place they refused to check its validity.
    Josh said: "At first I thought, 'Wow, somebody's thinking I live in the gayest town in West Virginia or something'."
    The contract for Xbox Live players says users cannot "create a gamertag, avatar or use text in other profile fields that may offend other members".
    Game loss It also lists potentially dangerous topics such as drug use, hate speech and racial, ethnic or religious slurs.

    Because of his suspension, which lasted a few days, he missed a key game last week which his team went on to lose.
    The unemployed factory worker mainly plays shooters like Medal of Honour, Call of Duty and Ghost Recon.
    He said: "I'm not even gay and it makes me feel like they were discriminating."
    Even the town's Mayor David Thompson got involved but with little success.
    He told local news reporters Xbox said the town's name didn't matter and that the word gay was inappropriate in any context.
    But Stephen Toulouse, director of policy and enforcement for Xbox said the suspension was down to a mistake caused by miscommunication.
    He said: "Some took the phrase 'fort gay WV' and believed that the individual who had that was trying to offend.
    "Unfortunately one of my people agreed with that. When it was brought to my attention we revoked the suspension."

    He added that staying ahead of slang and policing Xbox for offensive content is a constant challenge.

    Source: BBC Newsbeat
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. eyekey's Avatar
      eyekey -
      trying to police the internet is as impossible of a task as the war on drugs!
    1. Cabalo's Avatar
      Cabalo -
      But if you live at Fort Gay, you can be sure they will be looking for you...
    1. Appzalien's Avatar
      Appzalien -
      Maybe he should move to Intercourse, Pennsylvania. Actually I smell a lawsuit here, and pretty soon you will be able to call yourself the BIG N-word on XBox and get away with it.
    1. eyekey's Avatar
      eyekey -
      people already call themselves variations of 'N' and variations of "I Hate N's" and get away with it due to creative letter/character usage. It's a pointless task of policing the internet. Soon enough, your name will have to be approved by a moderator before you're allowed on Xbox Live or the PSN.
    1. unclemilty74's Avatar
      unclemilty74 -
      How easy would it have been for M$ to be able to check the zip code on his registration when he called in... takes 2 seconds. This is why everyone hates you M$ - you believe you have the power to regulate the entire internet!! I call shenanigans on this one. I will never pay for your shiite again.