Xbox Brazil Host Says She Was Let Go In Part Due To Fan Harassment, Though Microsoft Denies

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Last Friday, Xbox Brazil video host Isadora Basile announced that Microsoft had severed ties with her. In a tweet, she said she’d been regularly harassed by members of the local Xbox community since being hired in early September, and that that mistreatment was part of the decision to end her contract.

Kotaku has been in contact with Basile throughout the week to learn more about the situation.

“At the end of the day, it seems I became too much of a problem,” Basile explained to Kotaku via email. She said that she had been supported by Xbox Brazil during some tough times, but understood that her dismissal was partially informed by fan abuse.

Microsoft, after initially not acknowledging the harassment in two statements since last week, was quoted by IGN today as saying that Basile’s firing was “unrelated” to the harassment.

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Sony Apologizes For PS5 Voice Recording Confusion, Says It’s Used For Reporting Harassment

Following the controversy surrounding the PS5’s voice chat functionality–and Sony having to clarify that it would not be recording your voice through the console–the company has offered an apology and a better explanation of how chat is going to work on the system.

In a post on the PlayStation Blog, SIE VP of Global Consumer Experience Catherine Jensen said that the voice chat recording function will be used for players to report harassment while playing games. The most-recent five minutes of a voice chat will be available to players to record and send to Sony’s consumer experience team to make a decision.

The notification players see that lets them know they may be recorded is likely a matter of legality. In certain regions, including some parts of the US, it is illegal to record someone’s voice without their consent.

“Please note that this feature will not actively monitor or listen

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What To Do In Case Of Internet Harassment?

As more and more people are using the Internet, harassment through the Internet has become a major problem. Things like cyberbullying and cyberstalking are rearing their ugly heads quite commonly. These threats should be taken seriously; otherwise they can affect a person’s wellbeing, both physically and mentally.

When a person is being harassed through the Internet, he/she should first evaluate the seriousness of the harassment. Many people can say hateful words or even slander another person due to the anonymity offered by the Internet. It could just be rudeness. On the other hand, hate speech or threat should never be ignored.

If you feel that you are being subjected to Internet harassment, make a record of all the comments and emails that you get from the harasser. If necessary, even make screenshots of the comments in forums and other webpages. Print out all the evidence, so that you have a … Read More