Banned user allegedly spawned a ‘cybermob’
Game and social platform Roblox has sued a YouTube creator over harassment and sexual content being banned from the platform, saying it accumulated a “mob” that temporarily called off the October developers conference. Roblox Corporation filed a complaint against Benjamin Robert Simon, also known as Reuben Sim, for violating its user agreement and anti-hacking laws. “Defendant Simon is the leader of a ‘cybermob’ who, with malice, fraud, and harassment, commits and encourages unlawful acts designed to injure Roblox and its users,” the suit claims, adding up to $ in damages. Demanding 1.65 million.
polygon initially reported The existence of the California lawsuit this morning. In it, Roblox says it banned Simon for attempting to upload a nude photo of himself, images of Adolf Hitler, and a “sex game” that is prohibited on a child-focused platform. Simon also reportedly harassed other members of the forum, used racial and homophobic slurs, and impersonated Roblox employees online, among other behaviors.
Following the ban, the suit says he continued to access Roblox using fake accounts, banning his hardware and IP addresses, and encouraging his nearly 760,000 YouTube followers to do the same. (Roblox refers to this as “hacking into the platform.”)
The biggest loss was reportedly done during the Roblox Developers Conference in October 2021. In the lead up to the convention, the suit says that Simon “imposed his followers on Discord, glamorizing the April 3, 2018 active shooter and murder at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, and a copycat act of terrorism at Roblox headquarters.” threatening/taunting, telling “followers” to wait until [someone] Roblox does it.” Then, during the conference, he tweeted that local police were looking for a fictional “notorious Islamic extremist” and that the extremist had posted a video titled “Someone Blow Up Roblox Now!”. Meanwhile, his followers allegedly posted false active shooting threats and claimed to have poisoned the conference drink.
Roblox says the conference was temporarily closed while police and private security searched the facility, and it cost $50,000 to secure and investigate the incident. It alleges that Simon committed fraud by falsely representing the existence of a terrorist threat and trying to scare users away from the incident.