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Roblox Sues Banned YouTuber for Posting "False and Misleading Terrorist Threats"

The Roblox Corporation has filed a lawsuit against a Roblox content creator Benjamin Robert Simon, or better known as Ruben Sim, for leading a "cybermob" that posts "false and misleading terrorist threats".

According to Polygon, the lawsuit alleges that Simon "commits and encourages unlawful acts designed to injure Roblox and its users" and Roblox is suing him for fraud and breach of contract, among 4 other counts. The company is looking for US$1.6 million (~RM6,788,000) in damages.

Apparently, Simon was banned before for "harassing users and using racist and homophobic slurs, as well as for sexual harassment and uploading photos of Adolf Hitler", Roblox's lawyers said. However, he hacked and used accounts created by other users as a way back into the game. He recently posted "terrorist threats" that "temporarily shut down the Roblox Developers Conference in San Francisco in October".

The lawsuit also mentioned that Simon and his "cybermob" discussed the YouTube HQ shooting that took place back in April 2018 and reportedly said, "wait until [someone] does it to Roblox." In addition, he reportedly posted messages suggesting that San Francisco police were "searching for notorious Islamic Extremist" at RDC 2021 and wrote, "Don't come to RDC tomorrow". The event was eventually "forced into a temporary lockdown while local police and private security conducted a search to secure the facility", according to the lawsuit. It cost US$50,000(~RM212,125) to "investigate and secure RDC after the incident" said Roblox.


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