It has only been available for a day, but already the Zune HD's Twitter app is being updated after it was
criticized by users for automatically abbreviating explicit words in users' tweets. It doesn't even give them the
option of determining when or which words should be censored.
As you might expect, the Web is overflowing with unhappy users. Commenters on the Slashdot entry discussing
the censors were up in arms over the feature. Quite a few of those folks echoed "rocket97's" comments, who
said that the "[censors] should be an option, not a requirement." Others took the opportunity to (you guessed it)
censor curse words within the comments to voice their protest.
They might have a point. Twitter itself doesn't censor any tweets that contain curse words. Even Twitter clients
like TweetDeck don't censor tweets or direct messages from Twitter users.
It didn't take long for Microsoft to respond. After seeing that users were having issues with the application,
Microsoft admitted that the app does indeed censor explicit tweets. It also said in an e-mailed statement to CNET
News that it plans to rectify the situation soon.
"The recently released Twitter for Zune HD application has been abbreviating some explicit words in tweets when viewed
on the device," a Microsoft spokesperson admitted to CNET News. "However, these explicit words do appear in their full
text on the Twitter site or on any other Twitter client. We have identified the issue and are taking steps to update the
application as soon as possible to ensure Twitter for Zune HD users are able to view tweets in their original state."