Roblox Corporation has filed a lawsuit against Roblox content creator Benjamin Robert Simon aka Ruben Sim for leading a “cyber mob” that, among other things, posts “false and misleading terrorist threats.”
As reported by Polygon, this lawsuit was filed on Tuesday, November 23, claiming that Simon “commits and calls for illegal acts designed to harm Roblox and its users.” The Roblox Company seeks to recover $ 1.6 million in damages and is suing Simon for fraud, breach of contract and four other matters.
Despite being banned from Roblox for years, Simon has found a way in by “hacking” and using accounts created by other users. He was initially banned from “harassing users and using racist and homophobic slander, as well as for sexual harassment and uploading images of Adolf Hitler,” Roblox’s lawyers said.
Recently, Simon issued “terrorist threats” that “temporarily closed the Roblox Developers Conference in San Francisco in October.” The lawsuit alleges that Simon and his “cybermobic” discussed the April 2018 YouTube headquarters shooting and allegedly said, “wait until [someone] do it against Roblox. ”
He reportedly continued to send messages suggesting that San Francisco police “searched for infamous Islamic extremists” on RDC 2021 and wrote messages such as “do not come to RDC tomorrow.” As a result of these threats, the RDC was “forced into a temporary blockade while local police and private security guards conducted a search to secure the facility.” Roblox said it cost $ 50,000 to “investigate and secure the RDC after the incident.”
This is hardly the first problem Roblox – a company now worth more than Ubisoft and Take-Two combined – has had to deal with as it recently had to stop a series of users recreating New Zealand’s Christchurch- mass shooting from 2019.
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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Rich.
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