Disable Followers From Following
Allow an option for disabling followers from following you. No one wants to sign online, and have someone they don't know join your in game session, see your stats, and know your every single move. We have the ability to add friends, now we need the ability to "disable followers"
I blocked a few people who were negative towards me hoping they wouldn’t see anything on my news feed anymore however they’re still following me and I can’t get rid of them!
This is basically and anti-stalking option and I personally like it. Protect our privacy and children.
I am really surprised that this was even allowed to exist in the first place. I don't own an Xbox but my young lad does and I as a parent have no way to control what happens with his privacy. Anyone can follow anybody they choose with no option to turn off the feature, as someone mentioned further down if something was to happen to someones kid because of this then *Microsoft would be in a heap of trouble and get sued from here to eternity (not that money is a problem for them).
I hope this changes very soon.
Yes please do this. The trolling is out of control.
ll Cal S141 commented
So it hasn't even been 24 hours yet and my follower count went from 346 to 479. Honestly Microsoft you guys need to do something to only allow people to add you if you've talked to them in a party. Cause even tho you guys put people on a recommended friends thing doesn't mean the recommended people want to be friends with who they're recommended to. I see that I'm not the only person who has complained about this so how many people have to complain for you to fix something? I've gotten followers with terrible reputations and from people who don't speak or understand English or have or play the same games I do. These people are people with little to no gamerscore. How are people supposed to know if it's not just a single stalker following you on multiple accounts? Also if people add you and you block them it should remove that person from your friends list and also from being able to follow you. Please fix the issues that people are complaining about.. how many complaints is it gonna take for Microsoft to actually fix things?
This was a terrible idea and compromise in security, privacy, and safety from day 1. Allow the complete disabling of Followers AND the option to delete specific Followers. The fake Follower spam and rampant stalkers are getting out of hand.
YES DISABLE OPTION... I'm getting tired of blocking acct like every 10 seconds! I'm getting followed by people I don't even know and they keep spamming me with messages and invites! I wake up to like 100 - 200 new followers every morning and spend a good hour or 2 blocking them all. :\ its been stressing me out, please please PLEASE XBOX MAKE A DISABLE OPTION.
It is absolutely outrageous that Microsoft hasn't put an end to complete strangers being able to follow a player that A. didn't invite that stranger to be a friend/follwer and B. doesn't give 2 cents about how many strange people are looking at their stats, etc.
Seriously Microsoft, when a kid gets hurt because of your incredibly stupid idea of lettings strangers stalk, ahem, follow anyone they please it'll be on your hands, terms of service agreement or not. Everyone, except Microsoft, knows there are tons of pervs in the multiplayer lobbies and as a 50 year old female player I get hit on anywhere from 1-10 times a day. I've had creeps ask me if I liked to be tickled, or my feet licked (hello fetish boys!).
Just today I learned a player that I was acquainted with didn't like the fact that I told him to stop telling me what to do so he's put a target on my back. Now, whenever I get on gta v multiplayer, I have anywhere between 2-10 people trying to harass me when I play (thank God for passive mode). I don't know them but they're all following me. Now I have to go through my followers list every day and block them one by one.
It's time consuming and a real pain in the behind. Please Microsoft, stop trying to be like Twitter and Facebook and get rid of the follow option, it's the dumbest idea your creative team ever came up with.
Sky Pony commented
Please get rid of the stalking feature... I mean the following feature. Sorry, it's easy to confuse the two because they are EXACTLY THE SAME THING!!!!! Seriously, how is this a thing? Who thought this was a good idea? And what is the point of ignoring the privacy concerns your customers who don't want to be stalked? I mean followed (damn, I did it again!). Does anyone actually read these, or is this just a dumping ground for complaints so we can pretend there's an avenue for communication with the people who run this company? I mean, should we be considering legal action at this point? They've been doing this for literal years now, with absolutely no sign of giving a damn about their customers' privacy or safety. If they are deaf to polite requests, maybe it's time for the public shaming and financial inconvenience that comes with defending against a class action lawsuit for not just enabling, but actively encouraging stalking on your platform, without providing even the most meager protections for those users who, perhaps understandably, don't want to be stalked. Is this where we are now?
On Jan. 11, I had 160 followers, an ordinary amount I've had for years. Today, Jan. 14, I am currently at 930 followers and this number continues to grow. I am not a famous gamer and I definitely do not deserve these followings. Most of which, the profiles indicate I am their only friend. I receive over a 100 notifications a day and am spammed with gaming and party invites. I believe that disabling followers in general should be an option, especially for parents trying to keep their children's privacy. I believe that a better way of doing this for the entire community would be to have "friend requests" again, which was seen on the xbox 360. Though, in cases like mine, I would hope there wouldn't be an excess of requests which need to be declined over and over. I have talked to the xbox support team and they told me that my only option is to block over 800 people individually until the xbox team gives us a setting to change this. I hope the xbox team considers this disable option and makes it viable soon, as well as figuring out why several accounts (including mine as well as some of the comments posted below) are receiving hundreds of followers for no reason. Two separate issues that must be addressed ASAP, please.
I'm a parent and when my 7 year old child logged in to our new Xbox One S, we saw many new 'followers', all uninvited. I have that account set as a child and all possible settings are "block".
Yet he still gets notifications saying new people are following him!
This is more than a little disturbing.
As a parent, I should be able to set my child's account to be totally invisible. I'm quite happy for friend/follow requests to be routed via my parent account but it's not acceptable from my 7 year old child to have to individually block followers.
This is not just a privacy issue but a child protection issue. What would the papers say?
There are less than 1000 votes for this. I wonder how many parents read and vote here?
Vamp Princesita commented
I completely agree why wpuld they take the permission needed from 360 away with xbox one. Arent things suppose to get better not worse. Im tired of strangers following me.
Disable Followers is A must... 1000 something stocking.. Need A disable option...............
BlackHawk YYZ commented
In the new world of stalkers, hackers and spammers, it's amazing that Microsoft wants us, and our kids, exposed to the entire world with no control over who follows us. CREEPY!!!
I'm very selective of who I want on my friends list. I don't want random people following me. I mean there is a guy who is cyberstalking me. He constantly makes fake accounts to try and harrass me. Bring friend requests back!
MissBehaving x commented
Just change your settings to appear online to friends only, so people who you don't follow won't see your online status nor your info if you have your correct settings. Problem solved.
Mafiosi RD commented
The followers idea is just as ridiculous as the always online Xbox one that wouldn't allow used games. I bet the same staffer that said internet was as ubiquitous as electricity after e3 2016 had something to do with the followers idea. They always have to mess with things that work fine, like friend requests. We'll never get this because Xbox would have to admit it was a stupid idea to allow stalkers on their console.
There's no good reason whatsoever to *compel* us to participate in this insipid idea! There should *definitely* be a PRIVACY option to FULLY-DISABLE the Followers "feature" (bug!)
The *ONLY* people that I want on my Friends list are some of MY *ACTUAL* FRIENDS, and nobody *ELSE*!
I *PAY* for this service, and I DO NOT WANT to have ANYTHING to do with this asinine ***, so FFS, allow me to get rid of it!
The followers idea is just as ridiculous as the always online Xbox one that wouldn't allow used games. I bet the same staffer that said internet was as ubiquitous as electricity after e3 2015 had something to do with the followers idea. They always have to mess with things that work fine, like friend requests. We'll never get this because Xbox would have to admit it was a stupid idea to allow stalkers on their console.
They really need to change the follow option! On the 360 we were able to accept or decline friend requests. What happened to that ability? This isn't Facebook or Twitter! I don't want followers or stalkers. I am very selective with my friends.