Xbox Reports 450 Percent Increase In Player Punishments

Xbox is continuing to clamp down on toxic and abusive players on its systems, revealing that it has seen a huge increase in accounts reprimanded for posting "vulgar" content. Since improving its moderation system, the company says there's been a 450 percent increase in "enforcements" over such content, presumably ranging from taking down the post to suspending players altogether.

This also comes as Xbox expands the definition of what it classes as vulgar content, now including "offensive gestures, sexualized content, and crude humour". Xbox defends these increased moderation tactics, saying that such content was "detracting from the core gaming experience" for other users, and that most of the players who posted this material were just given a warning, not banned from their accounts altogether.

This information comes from Xbox's latest transparency report into its moderation practices. Here, the company discusses how it is trying to take a more "proactive" role in enforcing its terms and conditions, using AI to spot material and language that's banned on its services.

"As the needs of players continue to evolve, so do our tools," reads the report. "The safety of our players is a top priority – and to advance safe online experiences, we will continue to invest in innovation, work in close collaboration with industry partners and regulators, and collect feedback from the community."

80 percent of content reports were dealt with through "proactive moderation", meaning they could have been decided by either an AI or a human. Xbox doesn't discuss the possibilities of false reports, despite much of this work possibly being conducted by an AI. However, if an AI does flag content as vulgar, then the next step would be for a human to look at it anyway, just to ensure that it wasn't an error. It's just not clear how long the player would have to wait for this to be decided.

While we don't have the info on how reliable it has proven, it's clear that Xbox is pleased with the results. One of the automated systems it uses, Community Sift, went through "20 billion human interactions" last year, so many reports would have gone through this programme.

It's not surprising to see Xbox clamp down on inappropriate content on its platforms, given the increased pressure on the industry to root out racism, hate speech and extremism from the gaming community. Over the weekend, new research suggested that 50 percent of gamers are exposed to extremism while playing games online. Racist language and iconography were also found to be slipping through filters on multiple games, ranging from Call of Duty to Roblox. All in all, the industry was called on to do more to stop extremists from using games as a recruitment tool.

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all these cry babies need a good shake and a slap


Runts God how soft is this world doing to get ? Smh these ppl and kids would have never survived the Wild West 360 days ! Lol

idk i had gta4 death threat cringe in my bio in 09 when i was god damn 14 thinking i was so cool and edgy, random kid i never played with called me stupid, then i told them its just a bio about a video game its not that deep kid, they went to the pro/the man and got him to ban me for 24hours, and other kids reported me for my bashing campers in cod 4 waw and battlefield bc1 to the pro/the man, so its safe to say those same kids are the ones who are now banned for being racist and what not, kinda ironic if it is,

but yeah gen z'ers are pretty damn soft its pretty sad, that they dont understand sh*t talk and seriousness means nowadays, i miss my generation of millennials who arent soft.


God how soft is this world doing to get ? Smh these ppl and kids would have never survived the Wild West 360 days ! Lol

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