Will your Miiverse be filled with images of crude phallic images or cheeky swears? Unlikely with Nintendo's moderation.
Nintendo have always taken a strict approach to privacy and parental control, and with the Miiverse system opening the field for a more public means of communicating, there'll need to be some means of keeping the whole experience clean, and import importantly, troll free.
Speaking to HeroComplex, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata confirmed that there'll be different levels of moderation depending on the content shared. Textual updates are, of course, far easier to maintain automatically against a database of profanity and alternative ways of spelling the f-word, than the likes of images and videos.
User-created media will have to undergo a human touch before being transmitted to the masses, but it's likely that between confirmed friends it should be instant - like it is on the Wii or 3DS at the moment.
- First level: checks and filters swears and other offensive terms.
- Second level: Human checks - a team at Nintendo will sift through content manually.
- Third level: Community filtering - flagging inappropriate content that Nintendo would pick up
Nintendo are also exploring how long human-filtered content would take to show on Miiverse - Iwata is suggesting around 30 minutes as an "acceptable time" - which might be tricky if you're seeking help on a game that requires a little illustrating.
What Nintendo could employ is a system where if parental control is enabled, only filtered content appears, if not then display all content regardless of if it's been filtered or not.
What do you think of Nintendo's proposed approach to censorship and moderation on MiiVerse? How would you handle the Mii onslaught?