Phil Spencer Says Xbox Is Not Free Speech Platform

Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, had some interesting comments about using Microsoft’s gaming consoles to express free speech. During an interview with Kara Swisher on the Sway Podcast, Spencer said that Xbox isn’t “a free speech platform,” and that it is designed to be for gaming and entertainment first and foremost.

“We see all positives and negatives of the human condition. We have people who propose to each other and get married on Xbox Live,” Spencer said. “We also have conversations about politics and other things that happen. One of the things we’ve stated about our social network is we’re not a free speech platform. We’re a platform around interactive entertainment and video games. And we’re not there to allow all kinds of social discourse to happen on our platform. That’s not why we exist. We’re not there to allow any conversation to happen on our platform. You could kind of twist the tools and try to get there, but it’s just not set up for general-purpose conversations or community. It’s really set up for community around interactive entertainment and the games that run on our platform. And that’s the way we invest.”

This is not the only interesting thing Spencer said during his interview with Swisher. The Microsoft executive also heaped praise onto Netflix for its recent approach to gaming, saying he thinks “it’s smart what [Netflix is] doing.”

(All information was provided by GoogleIGN [1,2], TechCrunch, and The Verge)

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