Sony has finally allowed users to change PlayStation Network IDs, something that has not been possible before even though users had been asking for this ability for years. This means that the company can also do more to prevent hate speech and bad behavior in PSN usernames. To that end, it will now automatically replace PSN IDs that are offensive.
Sony will be replacing the offensive PlayStation Network IDs with temporary placeholders. According to the company’s official blog, PSN IDs that violate its terms of service will be censored and replaced by a temporary placeholder IT which reads “TempXXXX” with the Xs being replaced by numbers in the actual username.
This isn’t as severe a punishment as Sony used to hand out before where it would simply ban players who violated the PSN terms of service by including profanity, racial slurs, and other prohibited words or phrases into their usernames. No outright bans will henceforth be handed down in this case.
Users who have such IDs will then be given a temporary one and asked to change their username to something that’s within the guidelines. Those who are creating a new PSN ID and choose an offensive username will also get TempXXXX until they choose another name.