Roblox Corporation sues longtime troll who temporarily shut down its developer conference with alleged ‘terrorist threats’

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Roblox Corporation is suing a longstanding thorn in its side: one Benjamin Robert Simon, known online as Reuben Sim, who has been creating controversial content on and about the platform for several years. The suit was filed on Tuesday (thanks, polygon) is in California and accuses Simon of “committing and abetting unlawful acts designed to injure Roblox and its users” while seeking $1.6 million in damages.

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Simon has long been banned from Roblox, but continues to access it through other accounts, including allegedly hacked accounts. He has been accused of harassing other users, including sexual harassment, and of using homophobic and racist language. It is on both the Roblox platform and its Youtube and Patreon channels, according to lawyers for Roblox Corporation, where it is monetised.

Simon’s alleged behavior specifically includes “an attempt to upload a nude image of himself with a lampshade covering his genitals” (Thanks, Kotaku), “attempts to upload sex games” and “attempts to upload pictures of Hitler.”

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Roblox Corporation further alleged that Simon and his “cybermob” of like-minded individuals temporarily closed the Roblox Developers Conference in San Francisco in October due to “terrorist threats”. While discussing the shooting at YouTube HQ from April 2018, Simon reportedly said “Wait until [someone] Roblox does.” During the incident he is accused of posting a message on Twitter that said San Francisco police are “looking for a notoriety Islamic extremist”. [sic] at the developer conference, and another saying “don’t come to RDC tomorrow.” Many of these tweets have since been deleted.

The incident was called off temporarily until police and security searched and secured the building. Lawyers for Roblox say it’s worth $50,000. Is

Roblox is suing him for fraud and breach of contract on four other counts. We’ve contacted Roblox Corporation for comment and will update with any feedback.

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