Xbox Live now allowing gay, religious gamertags
Microsoft updates terms of service to allow acknowledgement of sexual orientation, faith, race, and nationality in usernames and profiles.
Previously, such information was not allowed on Xbox Live as a way to head off potential conflicts, insults, and slurs. In announcing the policy change, a Microsoft representative said that the company realized the old standard "inadvertently excluded a part of our Xbox Live community."
As for other restrictions, Microsoft does not allow content "that other users may be offended by," whether due to profanity, hate speech, or references to illegal drugs. Furthermore, Xbox Live users aren't allowed to create "a gamertag, profile content, or in-game content that references controversial religious topics, notorious people, organizations, or sensitive current or historical events that may also be considered inappropriate."
Gamers interested in flexing their new liberties can change their existing Xbox Live gamertags for the standard fee of 800 Microsoft points ($10) under the Edit Profile menu of the My Xbox section of the system's dashboard.
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