The Internet is a wide space for everyone to express and share their thoughts and impressions. The problem is that not everyone has a friendly behavior online, and aggressive and negative reactions, even threats, are often to be encountered on social media platforms. This is why Microsoft decided not to put up with hate speech anymore.
Popular platforms like Facebook and Twitter often deal with this kind of reactions, which turned into hate speech. This notion is already familiar to everyone, standing for negative comments and posts from users, as well as a hail of criticism on different matters. Gender, race, religion, politics have all turned into the subject of hate speech.
Now how does Microsoft handle the situation? On Friday 25, the company announced that a new form would be available on their site. By filling it, users are now able to report hate speech cases they have encountered, and the company can take further measures regarding those specific users and their accounts.
Users can report inappropriate online behavior on sites and platforms such as Outlook, Skype, Docs.com, OneDrive, Sway and Xbox Live. The Microsoft form also offers the possibility to complain whether someone has hacked your account or site.
Jacqueline Beauchere, one of the Microsoft officials, made the following announcement:
“We will continue our “notice-and-takedown” approach for removing prohibited content on hosted consumer services, and the new form aims to improve the quality and speed of our reviews. When hate speech is reported to us, we will evaluate each complaint, consider context and other factors, and determine appropriate action with respect to the content and the user’s account.”
Other online giants, such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are part of a European program (The European Commission Code of Conduct) which fights against online harassment, including hate speech. Microsoft, along with the other sites, allows users all around the world to access the web page dedicated to the program, so that they can report and complain about inappropriate online behavior.
Irrespective of the freedom of speech and the liberties that the Internet users enjoy, they should never forget that they are responsible for their behavior online. People must always bear in mind that their actions and words may hurt other people and that they mustn’t intervene in other people’s personal life. Microsoft’s new update joins the efforts of other online companies to keep the online environment as safe as possible.
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