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Phil Spencer: “Xbox Live Is Not A Place Where Anybody Can Come and Say Anything”

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During an interview with Kotaku, Phil Spencer talked about Xbox Live and how it is seen by the company.

Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox division, said that Xbox Live is not a platform where anyone can talk freely. “Xbox Live is not a free speech platform. It is not a place where anybody can come and say anything. I don’t want to be opaque about it. I want to be out there front and center so that you understand our motivation.”

For Spencer, the toxicity that is created every day thanks to anonymity is very difficult to eradicate. “One of the things we find in gaming that’s actually really helpful to us is that because your Xbox Live account has friends and identity and state, there seems to be—and it’s good—there seems to be a lot more care that a player takes in their identity and its reputation. Banning somebody on Twitter, it takes me five seconds to create another account.”

So what is Spencer’s idea to combat toxicity? “We will identify potentials for abuse and misuse on our platform and will fix problems quickly,” Spencer answered.

Xbox will also add new content and features regarding moderation; first they will come to the community managers of the official Xbox Live groups (called Clubs) and later they will be available to all Xbox users at the end of the year.

None of this can be as interesting as the announcement of a new console for example, but it’s nice to know that the company has among its priorities to create a safe environment for all Xbox players.

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In recent news, Spencer talked about the announcements that they left out of E3 2019. On the other hand, the head of the Xbox division confirmed that the partnership with Sony will also make Microsoft grow.