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Microsoft Bans Swastika Emblems From Call Of Duty: Black Ops

Microsoft has banned Call of Duty: Black Ops players from adorning their player logo with a swastika in player and team customisation on Xbox Live.

The director of policy and enforcement for Xbox Live Stephen Toulouse, said in a blog post that a player had tweeted “Hey, I’m not a genocidal hater of Jews but I really love the design of the swastika because its actually used by numerous religions, can I use it as my Call Of Duty: Black Ops logo? SWASTIKAS ARE AWESOME."

To which Toulouse replied: “No, of course you can’t, we’ll ban you.”

Toulouse was then hit be a barrage of mail quoting the First Amendment of the US Constitution and defending the use of the swastika as it was first adopted by a number of world religions, primarily Hinduism, which considers the symbol to be auspicious.

In response, Toulouse said: “It's not political correctness, it's fundamental respect. If you think the swastika symbol should be re-evaluated by societies all over the Earth, I think that's great. Your Xbox Live profile or in game logo, which doesn't have the context to explain your goal, is not the right place to do that.”