Microsoft’s New Service Agreement Bans ‘Offensive Language’

Next time you’re thinking about typing a bad word into a Microsoft Office app, you might want to think again. According to the company’s new service agreement, use of “offensive language” on its platforms is a no-no.

That doesn’t mean the thought police will definitely come banging on your door when you type a swear word in PowerPoint, but it’s now technically possible for you to be banned from the service for such a thing.

According to PC Magazine:

Punishments can include account suspensions and Microsoft booting you off its products. The software giant also warns: “When investigating alleged violations of these Terms, Microsoft reserves the right to review Your Content in order to resolve the issue.”

In other words, the company can search through your accounts for any evidence of the violations.

So far, Microsoft hasn’t publicly commented over concerns the policy may be too heavy-handed. A ban on offensive language will probably have the biggest impact on Xbox Live, where gamers are known to troll each other. But the policy is actually nothing new, according to Reddit users; Microsoft has decided to merely make it explicit.