It is unclear if Windows 10 itself falls under this service agreement or not. Windows 10 is more a cloud service where your files can be copied to the Microsoft servers and the operation system gathers a lot of information about the content on the computer.
This move by Microsoft is likely motivated by the US Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) and the Stop Enabling Sex-Trafficking Act (SESTA), which congress passed recently. These new laws would hold platforms responsible for users’ speech, illegally shared content, and anything that might be construed as trafficking.
Here are the important parts of Microsoft's new service agreement:
- i. Don’t do anything illegal.
- ii. Don’t engage in any activity that exploits, harms, or threatens to harm children.
- iii. Don’t send spam. Spam is unwanted or unsolicited bulk email, postings, contact requests, SMS (text messages), or instant messages.
- iv. 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).
- v. Don’t engage in activity that is fraudulent, false or misleading (e.g., asking for money under false pretenses, impersonating someone else, manipulating the Services to increase play count, or affect rankings, ratings, or comments).
- vi. Don’t circumvent any restrictions on access to or availability of the Services.
- vii. Don’t engage in activity that is harmful to you, the Services, or others (e.g., transmitting viruses, stalking, posting terrorist content, communicating hate speech, or advocating violence against others).
- viii. Don’t infringe upon the rights of others (e.g., unauthorized sharing of copyrighted music or other copyrighted material, resale or other distribution of Bing maps, or photographs).
- ix. Don’t engage in activity that violates the privacy of others.
- x. Don’t help others break these rules.
b. Enforcement. 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. When investigating alleged violations of these Terms, Microsoft reserves the right to review Your Content in order to resolve the issue. However, we cannot monitor the entire Services and make no attempt to do so.
Editorial Microsoft researches & bans drug talk from Skype, Outlook, Office and all other services.
Recent User Reviews
- 4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed May 23, 2018
While I don't care for the content of the article, I'm glad to have the heads up and know that information, and the word is spreading. In this day and age we must all be vigilant with our rights, whether given freely or still waiting to be taken by force. Question everything,. Be the change you want to see in this amazing new technological world we're soon to all be a part of. If you don't like the way things are done, change it. Try new things.
Sorry to veer off the topic a bit, but the article stirred up some strong feelings. That, too, shows proof of the article's quality and importance. Thank you for posting this.
Oh great, now I've got the heebie-jeebies...TheBigBadWolf likes this.
"read the fine print"
- 5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Mar 29, 2018
it's so easy to just click "accept" or "agree" without even opening them, or taking one or two seconds and skimming over them at best in many cases, especially since they tend to be very similarly worded and saying the same thing as all the others, but that's how stuff like this gets overlooked, and only gets discovered by the user when it's too late and it bites them in the ass.
while it probably won't cause much more than a minor annoyance with something like a favorite cell phone game app, something as pervasive as Microsoft or Google, with their varying platforms and the way they all interconnect to permeate a user's online experience, could potentially bring a person's professional or personal life to a virtual halt with the loss of access to/ability to use important services (MS - Windows, Office, Outlook/Hotmail, OneDrive, Skype, XBox, Windows Mobile [now obsolete], Edge, Bing, and more, and the single user ID/password for all of them...Google - Gmail, Google+, Hangouts, Chrome, YouTube, Docs, Drive, Android/Play Store, Google Play Music, Chrome OS [Chromebooks], Maps, AdSense/AdWords, Picasa, and so many more, also with one user ID/password). even Facebook, with the ability to "login with Facebook" to consolidate accounts under one umbrella login, could potentially cause a not-so-insignificant interruption to a user that loses access.
- 5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Mar 27, 2018
5 stars because the content is impotent and I hope other members see this article.
The programs it covers might and assumidly will affect different people and censorship isn't constructive, especially when it comes to how difficult it is to find and be able to discuss substance use without ramifications, stigma and other negative association.
While I don't agree with the plans and l could go on a rampage of my disgust it sadly is what it is, another step towards closure of online privacy.
Thank you for posting, possibly would be of benefit to make it a feature article.