Microsoft explains gay gamer name ban

By Patrick Garratt, Thursday, 15 May 2008 11:26 GMT

Microsoft’s Stephen Toulouse has explained the reasoning behind the banning of GamerTag “thegayergamer” on his blog. The company deemed it was in breech of terms and conditions, basically.

“Terms of Use clearly disallow content of a sexual nature,” he said. The clause in Live’s user terms states:

“[a member may not] Create a Gamertag or use text in other profile fields that may offend other members. This includes comments that look, sound like, stand for, hint at, abbreviate, or insinuate any of the following: profane words/phrases, sexually explicit language, sexual innuendo, hate speech (including but not limited to racial, ethnic, or religious slurs), illegal drugs/controlled substances, or illegal activities.

“We view these situations objectively during our review under the terms of use,” Toulouse added. “To answer the question another way, yes ‘TheStraighterGamer’ or ‘TheHeterosexualgamer’ would have gotten the same treatment and would have been found to be in violation and forced to be changed. We’ve actually done that to tags like that before.”

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