Xbox adds new safety settings to text messaging

Dave W. Shanahan

Xbox Text Filters

Microsoft has just announced new content safety settings to messages you receive on Xbox Live through the Xbox app on Windows 10 or Android. As noted in a post on Xbox Wire, the new messaging feature is available only to Xbox Insiders and will be generally available in a future Xbox One console update.

Xbox Text Filters help shield adult language content from younger players and allow you what kinds of message content you want to see. Xbox Text Filters have four levels of messaging content settings, including Friendly, Medium, Mature, and Unfiltered.

“We want to give you, the gamer, the control over what messages you want to see when you are engaged in the Xbox community, so we’re enabling new ways to filter content, specifically text. These new automated text filtration capabilities will start rolling out across the Xbox ecosystem soon, starting first with private messages and expanding over time to profiles, LFG, Clubs and your Activity Feed.

With this update, you will set your own specific levels of automated filtration so you can decide what’s acceptable and what isn’t in the text-based messages you receive across Xbox Live. And as always, if you receive a message that violates our Community Standards for Xbox, even with filters in place, you can still report this conduct to Xbox Enforcement for follow up.”

Here’s a video look at Major Nelson describing the new Xbox Text Filters on Xbox One.

On your Xbox One console, you can access your message safety by going to Settings > General > Online safety & family >Message safety. Xbox Insiders will receive the Xbox Text Filters update today, will a future update rolling out later in the fall for everyone else. By default, child accounts are automatically set to Friendly. The adult account holders can choose which text filter level works best for them.