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StreetsAhead
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(11-01-2013, 04:14 AM)
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NoA statement:

Notice about service for Nintendo 3DS software Swapnote

2013-10-31
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, please click here.

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

http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/det...ZpxNIK5920bRRK

NCL has made the decision to shut down services in two 3DS app with online image sharing capabilities - Swap Note and Flipnote Memo 3D - as of 11AM (JST) Nov 1st, 2013. Images inappropriate for children/minors were allegedly being shared on the service. The company says there have been incidents with minors sharing friend codes with strangers online via message boards and receiving inappropriate content. They have determined that at the present time it is too difficult to provide a safe environment for all users of these apps without suspending online image sharing.

It is unknown if or when the capabilities will be reinstated, but I'm not hopeful from the wording. The company says it will aim to work harder for its customers to understand the 'Parental Control' functions of its devices.

http://www.nintendo.co.jp/support/in...2013/1101.html

TL:DR Spot Pass features in Swap Note has been suspended world wide. Notes sent via Spot Pass has been suspended. Notes via Street Pass with Friends appears unaffected.
Last edited by StreetsAhead; 11-01-2013 at 04:52 AM.
Riki
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(11-01-2013, 04:17 AM)
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A few bad apples always ruin things for everyone.
Samurai_Heart
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(11-01-2013, 04:17 AM)
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Originally Posted by Riki

A few bad apples always ruin things for everyone.

.
suppadoopa
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(11-01-2013, 04:18 AM)
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lewd images you say?
FreedomFighter
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(11-01-2013, 04:18 AM)
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People sending boobs, I suppose.
pieatorium
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(11-01-2013, 04:20 AM)
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Originally Posted by FreedomFighter

People sending boobs, I suppose.

with these sorts of things its always penis
Animekatt
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(11-01-2013, 04:20 AM)
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I JUST noticed that the spotpass was disabled for swapnote. This makes me incredibly sad. :(
DDayton
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(11-01-2013, 04:22 AM)
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...so, it's just IMAGE ATTACHMENTS that are disabled? Audio + drawing is still up?
Kuro
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(11-01-2013, 04:23 AM)
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Wow this sucks. I just recently got an XL and have been using swap note a lot with my cousin.
Elija2
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(11-01-2013, 04:23 AM)
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Don't you have to add someone to your friend list to send them Swapnotes? So it's not like kids are getting Swapnotes from random strangers. This is ridiculous. You might as well get rid of Swapnote completely because someone could just draw a pair of boobs or a penis.

Also, we haven't even gotten Flipnote in NA/EU yet and they're already removing features from it.
Yanikun
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(11-01-2013, 04:23 AM)

Originally Posted by FreedomFighter

People sending boobs, I suppose.

No one would have complained about that. And if it's not boobs, it's a Richard.
chadboban
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(11-01-2013, 04:25 AM)
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On a serious note though, when it comes to a online device it is pretty much impossible to protect every single person. The responsibility of what your children receive is in the parents hands. I check through my little brother's PSN messages from time to time to ensure that he's not up to anything. I also try to teach him things to look out for and what information he shouldn't share with others. He's a pretty good kid though and he's cool with me checking his messages because he wants me to know that I can trust him.

I wonder what caused all of this though? They're must've been multiple reports from parents about things that there kids received.

Edit: WTF they disabled swapnote worldwide?! Me and my cousin across in Maryland use it all the time!
Last edited by chadboban; 11-01-2013 at 04:28 AM.
GulAtiCa
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(11-01-2013, 04:27 AM)
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Not surprised sadly. I had some people send me nsfw porn images over it.... I unfriended them so it wouldn't happen anymore.
onlyindreams
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(11-01-2013, 04:27 AM)
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Originally Posted by Riki

A few bad apples always ruin things for everyone.

Are you serious? Its the internet, you can't stop people from messaging eachother porn
Jonnyram
(11-01-2013, 04:29 AM)
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Originally Posted by DavidDayton

...so, it's just IMAGE ATTACHMENTS that are disabled? Audio + drawing is still up?

No. The whole services have been suspended.
RionaaM
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(11-01-2013, 04:29 AM)
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Originally Posted by onlyindreams

Are you serious? Its the internet, you can't stop people from messaging eachother porn

But you can not have them on your friends list.
Tripon
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(11-01-2013, 04:30 AM)
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This is why street pass will never let you send attachments.
onlyindreams
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(11-01-2013, 04:30 AM)
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Originally Posted by RionaaM

But you can not have them on your friends list.

Honestly from the wording is sounds like they discovered this from monitoring the service, rather than an actual report of someone finding something "inappropriate"
Sophia
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(11-01-2013, 04:30 AM)
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Oh god! Children might see something awful on the internet! What ever will we do? Shut down everything!. :\

Seems like a whole lot of overreacting. :\
Coolwhip
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(11-01-2013, 04:30 AM)
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Originally Posted by onlyindreams

Are you serious? Its the internet, you can't stop people from messaging eachother porn

I dont see any on GAF.

Except for that one time when someone accidently posted child porn. Still creeps me out thinking about it.
Cheesemeister
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(11-01-2013, 04:30 AM)
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Originally Posted by chadboban

Sex Cauldron?! I thought that place closed down!
Lost Fragment
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(11-01-2013, 04:32 AM)
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Originally Posted by Coolwhip

I dont see any on GAF.

Except for that one time when someone accidently posted child porn. Still creeps me out thinking about it.

lol what? When the fuck did that happen?
cory64
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(11-01-2013, 04:33 AM)
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Originally Posted by Coolwhip

I dont see any on GAF.

GAF is public. We're talking about private conversations between people who have each other on their friends list (which isn't the easiest thing to do by accident with Nintendo's system).
El Pescado
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(11-01-2013, 04:33 AM)
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What?! WHAT?!

SwapNote... ;_;
StreetsAhead
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(11-01-2013, 04:33 AM)
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Originally Posted by onlyindreams

Honestly from the wording is sounds like they discovered this from monitoring the service, rather than an actual report of someone finding something "inappropriate"

Them stating they want to teach more people about the Parental Controls suggests, to me, it was indeed parents.
Chopper
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(11-01-2013, 04:34 AM)
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Originally Posted by Elija2

Don't you have to add someone to your friend list to send them Swapnotes? So it's not like kids are getting Swapnotes from random strangers. This is ridiculous. You might as well get rid of Swapnote completely because someone could just draw a pair of boobs or a penis.

Also, we haven't even gotten Flipnote in NA/EU yet and they're already removing features from it.

So much this. What the hell us going on?

Originally Posted by Jonnyram

No. The whole services have been suspended.

What?!

Originally Posted by El Pescado

What?! WHAT?!

SwapNote... ;_;

I will miss your notes the most. True story. :(
Roto13
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(11-01-2013, 04:35 AM)
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No more Swapnote? The fuck?

They do know you can only exchange messages with friends, right?
Jonnyram
(11-01-2013, 04:35 AM)
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Can someone fix the thread title?

Also, I get Nintendo's reasoning behind this. Unlike Miiverse, these two services were never moderated. Maybe they will implement moderation and restore them in the future, who knows. I know my kid's gonna be pretty disappointed that Swapnote has gone offline though. The weird thing is that Streetpass Swapnotes will still go through, which is potentially more open for abuse than those sent over the Internet.
silkysmooth
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(11-01-2013, 04:35 AM)
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Damn this sucks. Such an easy way to get stationery by just having friends message you.
terrisus
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(11-01-2013, 04:36 AM)
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Originally Posted by StreetsAhead

Images inappropriate for children/minors were allegedly being shared on the service. The company says it has determined that at the present time it is difficult to provide a safe environment for all users of these apps without suspending online image sharing.

No kidding?
You don't say.

Who couldn't have seen that from Day 1.
Pandoracell
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(11-01-2013, 04:36 AM)
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Originally Posted by Jonnyram

No. The whole services have been suspended.

What? Not getting that from the OP.
StreetsAhead
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(11-01-2013, 04:37 AM)
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Originally Posted by Elija2

Don't you have to add someone to your friend list to send them Swapnotes? So it's not like kids are getting Swapnotes from random strangers. This is ridiculous. You might as well get rid of Swapnote completely because someone could just draw a pair of boobs or a penis.

The statement says it was people, including minors, who traded friend codes with strangers via forums/BSS.

Who wants to bet it was kids trading friend codes for Pokemon's Friend Safari?
perorist
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(11-01-2013, 04:37 AM)
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Originally Posted by Chopper

So much this. What the hell us going on?

In the press release it says kids were getting the images from people who they exchanged friend codes with on Internet message boards. Stranger danger
Bleep
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(11-01-2013, 04:37 AM)
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There's no way to send messages to people unless you have added them to your friends list, which requires communication outside of what the 3DS offers. This is completely ridiculous.
InsaneElite
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(11-01-2013, 04:37 AM)
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Seems like a kneejerk reaction to a problem. You need to be friends with someone to view their Swapnotes anyways, and you can't even accept a random friend request on the 3DS.
Mozendo
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(11-01-2013, 04:37 AM)
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No ;_;
Swapnote was my favorite Nintendo app. It birthed so many inside jokes for my friend and I ;_;
axisofweevils
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(11-01-2013, 04:37 AM)
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This adds weight to my theory of Swap Note slowly being discontinued to make way for 3DS Miiverse.
Fuzzy
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(11-01-2013, 04:38 AM)
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Originally Posted by Roto13

No more Swapnote? The fuck?

They do know you can only exchange messages with friends, right?

I'm just glad this means you'll stop sending me "those" pictures.
Wowfunhappy
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(11-01-2013, 04:38 AM)
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Who was actually using Swapnote anyway?

I really wanted to like it when it first came out, but I quickly discovered that it was useless. It took hours before messages would actually arrive; by that time I might as well just send a text message or email etc etc.

I get that it wasn't really supposed to be instant, butů then what's the point? Nobody writes letters anymore.
Tyrant Rave
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(11-01-2013, 04:38 AM)
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No more Swap Note?

RIP
Harlock
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(11-01-2013, 04:39 AM)
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Nintendo being Nintendo.
Chopper
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(11-01-2013, 04:39 AM)
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Originally Posted by perorist

In the press release it says kids were getting the images from people who they exchanged friend codes with on Internet message boards. Stranger danger

Ban kids then. Not Swapnote. I am outraged by this.
norfair_zebes
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(11-01-2013, 04:39 AM)
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Originally Posted by Jonnyram

The weird thing is that Streetpass Swapnotes will still go through, which is potentially more open for abuse than those sent over the Internet.

Can't you only exchange StreetPass Swapnotes with people on your friend list?
Drago
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(11-01-2013, 04:39 AM)
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...hey wait

What happened to flipnote 3D? It never came out over west, I don't think!
RaikuHebi
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(11-01-2013, 04:39 AM)

Originally Posted by Cheesemeister

Sex Cauldron?! I thought that place closed down!

One of the funniest lines ever.
Elija2
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(11-01-2013, 04:39 AM)
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Wow, so they actually just disabled sending Swapnotes through Spotpass completely? Well now Swapnote is completely useless. Who the hell sends Swapnotes to people through Streetpass? Way to kill a great thing, Nintendo.

Doesn't Swapnote have a parental setting where you can disable attachments and stuff? Like that wasn't good enough, now they have to disable everything? I hope this isn't permanent and that they restore the service soon. It was fine the way it was, Nintendo.

Originally Posted by axisofweevils

This adds weight to my theory of Swap Note slowly being discontinued to make way for 3DS Miiverse.

Wait, I changed my mind. If this is the case then screw Swapnote. Give me Miiverse.
Frolow
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(11-01-2013, 04:39 AM)
Loaded Swapnote just now:

"The SpotPass service has been discontinued for this software. Thank you for using this service"
Animekatt
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(11-01-2013, 04:41 AM)
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Originally Posted by Pandoracell

What? Not getting that from the OP.

As soon as you enter the app, it greets you with this message:

"The SpotPass service has been discontinued for this software. Thank you for using this service."

When you try to send a note, the spotpass option is completely greyed out.
axisofweevils
Holy crap! Today's real megaton is that more than two people can have the same first name.
(11-01-2013, 04:41 AM)
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Originally Posted by Drago

...hey wait

What happened to flipnote 3D? It never came out over west, I don't think!

...and now it probably never will ;___;
entrement
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(11-01-2013, 04:41 AM)
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Nintendo is really serious about their family friendly image.

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