I recently used the PS4's "Share" feature to tweet a screenshot of a Deathclaw, and I included
#Deathclaw in the tweet. Then later, in the "Recent Activities" section of the Fallout 4 page on the XMB, I saw a card with my tweet, only the Deathclaw hashtag appeared as
#Dea***law - the PS4 decided to replace the string "thc" with asterisks, apparently because those letters happen to be the initials of the chemical name for a psychoactive compound, which some individuals might object to seeing.
While I can see the practical applications of a language filter on social media content, the fact that it seems to operate on a regular expression that completely fails to account for context and thus triggers false positives can actually lead to the opposite effect - it took me quite a while to figure out why there were asterisks at all, and when I finally did, I realized that the word filter had actually caused me to think about the word it was trying to censor.
I'm a grown adult, and I don't have kids, but if I did, I'd much prefer they see the word
basement and think about the subterranean level of a building, then that they see
ba*****t, get confused, investigate to determine what characters were replaced with asterisks, and then are thinking about what that word represents.
A few other words that my Googling told me would receive the same treatment:
Is there any way to disable the word filter on the PS4's XMB/"Recent Activities" feed?