Microsoft lets users report hate speech via dedicated web forms

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

Microsoft announced that it released a new dedicated web form that users can report hate speech with. In addition, there is also a separate web form for requests to reconsider and reinstate content.

This was confirmed by Jacqueline Beaucher, Microsoft’s Chief Online Safety Officer. Beauchere has mentioned this in her blog post:

Microsoft is committed to creating safe online communities where our customers can learn, play, grow and interact without the threat of violence or hatred. That’s why for many years we’ve sought to protect our customers by prohibiting hate speech and removing such content from our hosted consumer services. While neither our principles nor our policies are changing, we are refining some of our processes to make it easier for customers to report hate speech. We’re also simplifying requests to reinstate content that customers feel was removed in error.

Microsoft confirmed that it will not allow content that promotes hatred towards gender, disability, national or ethnic origin, race, age, sexual orientation or religion. The company promised that it will continue this kind of approach in order to remove all prohibited content on hosted consumer services. And thanks to the new forms, this will surely help it to improve the quality and speed of the reviews.

Use the links below to find the forms:

We remind you that Microsoft and other leading web companies such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook along with the European Commission unveiled a code of conduct three months ago which includes a series of commitments to combat the spread of online hate speech in Europe.

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