Weekend Discussion: Suspension of Swapnote


Are you a fan of Swapnote?  If so, have you received any inappropriate notes via the service?  Apparently, many have received and sent such notes.  Although Nintendo has not identified what types of offensive material have been sent via Swapnote, they have deemed it unsafe enough to suspend the service for the time being.  THe services were officially stopped at 7PM PST on October 31, 2013.

“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,” reads a Nintendo statement on the company’s website. “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 defends their position by stating the following:

“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.”


What are your thoughts on the suspension of Swapnote?  Are they being too overprotective, or is there never enough protection?

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