Microsoft’s new Services Agreement makes users feel uneasy
Microsoft’s new Services Agreement will entry into force on May 1, 2018. The Redmond giant already started sending notification emails to users informing them about about the upcoming changes.
After reading the entire Services Agreement and FAQ section, many users expressed their concern regarding the upcoming changes.
As a matter of fact, one of the upcoming changes reads as follows:
When investigating alleged violations of these Terms, Microsoft reserves the right to review Your Content in order to resolve the issue.
For many users, the fact that Microsoft clearly states it reserves the right to review your content represents another reason of concern when it comes to privacy. As users pointed out, this means that Microsoft may occasionally watch and listen to your Skype calls when investigating alleged violations of the Services Agreement.
Second, users also stress that Microsoft didn’t define the infringements that could lead to your account being blocked.
Don’t publicly display or use the Services to share inappropriate content or material (involving, for example, nudity, bestiality, pornography, offensive language, graphic violence, or criminal activity).
In today’s world when anyone can be offended by anything, many fear that these vague terms might sometimes lead to unnecessary censorship, as this user points out:
See I don’t agree with this, people aren’t allowed to use words freely because they’re scared of being banned. For example, me and and my friends call each other names, we’re all fine with it. Using ‘Oi c**t’ is just a normal greeting for us, yet I can’t use it privately on XBL just incase they report it as a joke.
Well, getting banned from using a service is one thing, but losing digital content that users paid for is a totally different thing. It remains to be seen how Microsoft will apply the new Services Agreement and how this will affect the overall user experience.
What do you think about the upcoming changes? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Meanwhile, you can read what’s new in the upcoming Services Agreement on Microsoft’s official website.
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