popular gaming platforms roblox The U.S. has issued revised community standards that, if implemented, would crack down on a wide range of activities, including the depiction of weddings and anything involving modern elections and politicians.
why it matters: Roblox boasts some 40 million daily users, many of them children, and has faced increased scrutiny about the content that its users are exposed to.
- Keep in mind: Roblox is not a traditional video game that you buy and play. It is a free application on phones, computers and consoles that lets any user create interactive games and experiences for others to play.
- An old ban on using Roblox for dating has been expanded to “prohibit content that seeks or depicts romantic relationships”, including weddings, honeymoons, and romantic animations of kissing or holding hands.
- A new clause prohibits “discussion or depiction” of political parties, elected officials, “officials already elected in their official capacity” and slogans associated with any current political race.
- The new policies also explicitly prohibit recruitment and fundraising of terrorist or extremist groups.
What are they saying: A Roblox representative told Nerdshala that the new political boundaries were issued because “we found that political content can lead to division.”
- On the handholding ban: “While some of this activity may seem harmless on the face of it, we are fully aware that it is our responsibility to take special care to keep the millions of children and teens who use and love Roblox safe. “
big picture: The detailed update appears to be designed to promote Roblox as a safe, kid-friendly space, establishing a clear justification for cracking down on content ranging from harmful to controversial.
- Roblox’s indication of intent lies with moving its already existing child endangerment policy on top of the revised standards.
- But the platform has also not always been proactive in banning content that violates its rules. It’s not hard to find fan-made games based on existing, well-known games, for example, despite a longstanding ban on creating things based on existing intellectual property.