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 Post subject: Gamer Banned
PostPosted: Thu Sep 9, '10, 8:10 am 
A gamer was recently banned from XBox Live by Microsoft for violating a code of conduct by saying in his profile that he lived in Fort Gay

http://technolog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/20 ... ?GT1=43001


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 Post subject: Re: Gamer Banned
PostPosted: Thu Sep 9, '10, 8:28 am 
I'm with that Moore guy who got suspended. I'm not gay but I am a little ticked off. Doesn't that interfere with free speech in a way? Hmm... I dunno, but I have an odd feeling that hundreds of people just changed their location to Fort Gay. <.<


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 Post subject: Re: Gamer Banned
PostPosted: Thu Sep 9, '10, 9:44 am 
Free speech, as a law in the US, only applies to restrictions placed by the government. A private entity, like Microsoft or a website, can legally place any restrictions on allowed speech they want. Some customers may not always like it, but that's the private entity's legal right. Often, those restrictions must be imposed to attempt to avoid alienating an even larger group of customers.

Sadly, there will always be innocent word usage that triggers filters, especially with words that have more than one meaning or appear in names. This is one of those unfortunate cases. The representatives of Microsoft should have researched the name after the first complaint and cleared it up by unbanning the guy, but someone dropped the ball on that.


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 Post subject: Re: Gamer Banned
PostPosted: Thu Sep 9, '10, 10:21 am 
Ah I see, thanks for clearing that up Thoul. And yes, I agree with you on thepart where they should have cleared it up first. Heck, all it takes it two minutes of research. >.>


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 Post subject: Re: Gamer Banned
PostPosted: Tue Oct 5, '10, 2:33 pm 
And the guy DOES live in Fort Gay. It's a real place.


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