Nintendo has closed down the SpotPass features for Swapnote in order to stop the "exchange of offensive material." Nintendo says that users, including minors, have been "exchanging their friend codes on Internet bulletin boards" to start Swapnote chats and then pass offensive material and photos between one another. They did not clarify what this offensive material could be or provide any screenshots. (Yes, I was slightly disappointed.)
There are no plans to reinstate SpotPass for Swapnote in order to protect both the minors, other users, and of course, Nintendo and its policies.
Nintendo offered the following statement on its website to explain why they ultimately decided to close down the SpotPass feature:
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 has said they would shut down any exchanges in Nintendo Land or the Mii-verse that they considered to be spoilers or offensive, so it's not that surprising that they decided to pull the plug here. It is a shame that a few people have to ruin the fun for the innocent majority.
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