Microsoft’s attempts to clean up the web by censoring Twitter users have fallen flat. Only a day after the Zune HD’s Twitter app appeared in the shops it was ‘updated’ because users were upset that it stopped them from swearing.
Twitter users moaned that it was automatically abbreviating explicit words in users’ tweets. It didn’t even give them the option of determining when or which words should be censored.
Slashdot was full of angry users [No change there, then – Ed] using the forum to tell Microsoft to go forth and multiply.
They seemed to think that it was not up to Redmond to tell them what language they should use, Twitter itself doesn’t censor any tweets that contain cuss words.
Even Twitter clients like TweetDeck don’t censor tweets or direct messages from Twitter users.
Microsoft seems to have seen the freaking light and decided that censorship is probably not the best Jeffdamned thing to do if it wants to make friends and influence people.
A statement issued says that Redmond has identified the issue and is ‘taking steps to update the application as soon as possible to ensure Twitter for Zune HD users are able to view tweets in their original state.’