Letter to Legal Department of Microsoft

Hello, I am writing because I noticed a phrase in your soon to be official Code of Conduct that I believe needs to be properly defined.

vii. Don’t engage in activity that is harmful to you, the Services, or others (e.g., transmitting viruses, stalking, posting terrorist content, communicating hate speech, or advocating violence against others)…
b. Enforcement. If you violate these Terms, we may stop providing Services to you or we may close your Microsoft account. We may also block delivery of a communication (like email, file sharing or instant message) to or from the Services in an effort to enforce these Terms or we may remove or refuse to publish Your Content for any reason. When investigating alleged violations of these Terms, Microsoft reserves the right to review Your Content in order to resolve the issue. However, we cannot monitor the entire Services and make no attempt to do so.

 

My question is simple, what do you/Microsoft define as “hate speech”?

 

Such a vague reference, especially in this politically charged environment, is “scary”.

 

Regards,
Mailing 4/12/18

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