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Microsoft finally allows us to swear

by on27 June 2023

Not that there has been a problem for us

Software King of the World Microsoft is toning down the power of its profanity filter on its options and settings.

At the moment, the system is so sensitive it is triggered by the slightest hint of a swearword making some Live Caption and Live Transcription results looking like Ned Flanders penned them.

While some users were happy when the profanity filter was introduced to clean up live captions and live transcription, some users -- particularly those outside of the US -- were unhappy at how the filtering worked. With no fine-grain controls, people found that entirely innocuous words were being censored.

While no extensive settings relate to the filter, it is at least now possible to turn it off and swear to you heart’s content.

Microsoft says: “We've added a toggle that allows you to turn off the profanity filtering for live captions. This will allow you to view live captions and transcription without filtering or masking, displaying every word as-is. Filtering is on by default, so if you want to turn it off, you'll need to do so from the captions and transcription tab in your user settings. This is a user-level preference and is not controlled by the meeting organiser or your admin.”

The company has also introduced numerous new options to control the look of captions in Microsoft Teams meetings. There are new styles to choose from, a completely new Caption Settings pane, and a choice of caption positioning.

Microsoft says that all new features are available on the desktop and web clients for commercial and GCC customers.


Last modified on 27 June 2023
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