But it just announced that every message — not just texts, as before, but also voice calls, pictures, videos and other files, on every platform. The company said that it had done so simply to make the site more secure — by forcing itself to be unable to give up information to hackers or to oppressive governments (it didn’t say which ones).
But the change comes at an important time for encryption, privacy and security.
"Don't publicly display or use the Services to share inappropriate content or material," explains Microsoft.
The company adds that this includes "nudity, bestiality, pornography, offensive language, graphic violence, or criminal activity".
In the US, Apple just ended a public fight with the FBI over whether it should have helped break into an i Phone; in the UK, a bill currently being considered by parliament has measures that appear to allow the government to force companies to break their own encryption.
Whats App and its founders have publicly supported Apple and other companies in the past over those arguments.
A new Israeli Da-Vinci unmanned aerial vehicle manufactured by Elbit Systems is displayed during the 4th International conference on Home Land Security and Cyber in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv Connected company president Shigeki Tomoyama addresses a press briefing as he elaborates on Toyota's "connected strategy" in Tokyo.
In a statement Microsft said: "We are committed to providing our customers with safe and secure experiences while using our services.
"We've also clarified that violation of the Code of Conduct through Xbox Services may result in suspensions or bans from participation in Xbox Services." It goes on to add that the punishments may also include "forfeiture of content licenses, Xbox Gold membership time, and Microsoft account balances associated with the account".
Anyone who's played Xbox online will know that the voice chat can be pretty brutal.
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