Microsoft bans swearing on Skype, in email, Bing and Office docs

“we may stop providing services to you or we may close your Microsoft account. We may also block … email…”

Microsoft notified users about coming changes on user agreement terms and conditions covering popular services such as Skype, Windows Live Mail, Cortana, Bing and Office 365.

Updated agreement comes into effect on May 1, 2018. It forbids for example sharing inappropriate content or material, for example, nudity, bestiality, pornography, offensive language, graphic violence and criminal activity.

Some of the banned activities are quite understandable, but offensive language, is something that does not fit there.

The company says it may close your Microsoft account and block emails if you violate terms and conditions.

If you violate these Terms, we may stop providing Services to you or we may close your Microsoft account. We may also block delivery of a communication (like email, file sharing or instant message) to or from the Services in an effort to enforce these Terms or we may remove or refuse to publish Your Content for any reason.

Is the company going to close your account and ban your communications, including emails if you swear for your ex on Skype after divorce or if you write erotic fiction using MS Word?

The answer is most likely not, but in theory, if your ex makes complaint about your swearing, you can get banned.

According to the Register, Microsoft won’t actively police its services, but it will investigate complaints from people who are offended, meaning that it could also go through your message history, documents etc.

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