SwapNote services cut off for good sad but true

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  1. steve007

    steve007 GBAtemp Fan

    Oct 7, 2007
    United States
    Nintendo Pulls 3DS Feature, Says Kids Were Sharing "Offensive Material"

    Nintendo just turned off one of the online features of the 3DS, seemingly forever, deactivating the online support for its note-sharing SwapNote service on systems worldwide. The company did this, effective 10pm ET today, after saying SwapNote was "actively misused" to transmit "offensive material" among system users, including minors.
    SwapNote is a cute, free Nintendo-made app that lets users create and share hand-written notes and drawings. Users can connect the program to the Internet and, with SpotPass activated, transmit and receive notes.
    According to Nintendo, that service was exploited to send offensive material. The company is saying the only way to stop this is to deactivate SwapNote's online functionality. This is effective around the world and, notably, Nintendo was able to do this without requiring users to make any changes on their end.
    If you have a 3DS and have SpotPass activated, you probably just got this news in the form of a blue light flashing on the system and the following note in the system's notifications interface:
    Notice about service for Nintendo 3DS software Swapnote

    Thank you for your support.
    Nintendo has learned that some consumers, including minors, have been exchanging their friend codes on Internet bulletin boards and then using Swapnote (known as Nintendo Letter Box in other regions) to exchange offensive material. Nintendo has been investigating ways of preventing this and determined it is best to stop the SpotPass feature of Swapnote because it allows direct exchange of photos and was actively misused.
    Nintendo always wants to provide a positive experience for all consumers and limit the risk of any inappropriate activity or misuse of a service. We feel it is important on this occasion to take this action.
    We are very sorry for any inconvenience to the many consumers who have been using this service responsibly; however this decision was made considering the point that many minors also use this feature of Swapnote. Thank you for your understanding.
    Nintendo will continue to work to ensure more consumers are aware of our Parental Control features, which allow parents to manage their children's experience on our systems. For more information,
    Service stop date: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, 7 p.m. PT
    Service being stopped: Nintendo 3DS software Swapnote – Sending and receiving notes using SpotPass
    Affected regions: All regions where the service was offered
    Special Notes services are also stopped​
    Nintendo itself has regularly sent notes to 3DS owners about new and upcoming games. The messages are often addressed from Nintendo's top creators. But it seems like all online functionality for SpotPass is being cut off.
  2. Stephapanda

    Stephapanda Clover's Wife

    Sep 24, 2010
    United States
    So once again people are getting screwed because parents aren't responsible with their children. Okay.
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  3. Foxi4

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    Sep 13, 2009
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    This is the dumbest thing I've read in a long, long time.

    I don't see how Nintendo could be held in any way responsible for the messages sent over their services - it's the sender who chooses to send offensive material and it's the sender who violates the license agreement of the service - the service itself is perfectly fine and not faulty hence there is no real hook that could pull Nintendo down in terms of liability. Nintendo's as much responsible for SwapNote message content as Yahoo! is of E-Mail messages.

    This move is done simply because it's easier to shut down a service than to improve it with a system of moderation and reporting, because as we all know, Nintendo doesn't understand the Internet.
  4. Deadvolt

    Deadvolt Advanced Member

    Jun 14, 2009
    United States
    guess I will be deleting that app now.. lol
    never honestly used it, but it seemed like a neat toy.
  5. driverdis

    driverdis I am Justice

    Sep 21, 2011
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    Next, they will pull down MiiVerse drawing support because people are drawing inappropriate drawings and the mods not catching them fast enough
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  6. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

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    Sep 13, 2009
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    i just realized that this video is very appropriate. I will proceed to post it here for future reference:

    EDIT: Oh, by the way steve007 - this is a literal copy-paste of an article. Re-word it or write your own on the basis of the source and re-format it, until then, unfortunately Reported.
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