Nintendo’s Swapnote service for the 3DS was suspended today, after the company discovered some consumers have been using the messaging app to exchange “offensive” photographic material. Nintendo explained the move on their website, letting us know that users, including minors, have been using the apps photo sharing feature to swap indecent images with each other.
The release says:
“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. We wish to provide a positive experience for all consumers and limit the risk of any inappropriate activity or misuse of a service.””
As of now, both SwapNote and Special Notes services have been suspended, an apparently necessary suspension considering the large number of minors who use the app – I wonder what they’ll be doing to address the large number of minors who are about to be exposed to all sorts of naughtiness on Wii Karaoke U...