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Xbox enforcement actions increased to 19.5m in H1 2023

This included 84,000 harassment and bullying 'proactive' actions

Microsoft has released its third Xbox Transparency Report, highlighting the improvements made to its internal processes to protect players from toxicity and harassment.

For the six months ending June 2023, Xbox reported that there were a total of 19.6 million enforcements issued during the last period – almost double than the 10.2 million enforcements during the first half of 2022.

Of the total enforcements, 17.1 million were based on 'proactive' enforcements and 2.5 million (13%) were based on 'reactive' reports. This included 84,000 harassment and bullying 'proactive' actions.

27.3 million player reports were made during H1 2023, with half concerning communications such as platform messages and comments on an activity feed post.

10.5 million (39%) reports were issued regarding conduct, and 3.1 million (11%) related to user-generated content.

Microsoft acquired Two Hat in 2021, and its "AI-powered and human insights-driven content moderation platform" Community Sift is used for some of Xbox safety systems.

It has also been using a model that scans "user-generated imagery to ensure only appropriate content is shown." This has led to blocking over 4.7 million pieces of content.

There were over 280,000 appeals against the suspension of accounts, with only 4% successfully doing so. In August, Microsoft launched the Enforcement Strike System to streamline community standards, the impact of which will be examined in the next Transparency Report.

Finally, data from Microsoft's Digital Safety Content report showed there were 766 referrals to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, up 39.5% compared to last year.

2,225 referrals were made to the Crisis Text Line, an increase of 63.4% from the 1,361 referrals made in H2 2022.

Correction: The article originally mentioned two features which were shipped after the reporting period closed. It also noted the Community Sift technology had been implemented since H2 2022 opposed to 2021. This has been corrected.

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Sophie McEvoy: Sophie McEvoy is a Staff Writer at She is based in Hampshire and has been a gaming & entertainment journalist since 2018.
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