Court Urges YouTuber Banned From Roblox To Stop Making Terrorist Threats

Court Urges YouTuber Banned From Roblox To Stop Making Terrorist Threats
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Controversial YouTuber Benjamin “Ruben Sim” Simon has been banned from gaming platform Roblox after allegedly leading an in-game “cybermob” to harass its predominantly younger player base with racist and homophobic slurs, and some sexual harassment to boot. According to the Oakland, CA court that issued the years-long decree, Simon presented a terror threat against the gaming company and its community.

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Simon was originally sued by the Roblox Corporation back in November 2021 for $US160,000 ($222,112) in damages, an amount that was eventually decreased to $US150,000 ($208,230) according to court documents obtained by Polygon. Simon posted a video on YouTube last week in response to the news and argued against the characterization in the allegations in court.

Since Roblox is free to join and download, it’s fairly easy to make a new account and get around a ban–unless the game happens to IP ban you. According to Polygon, the corporation accused Simon of circumventing his ban for continued access to the game, presumably through hacking and getting other players to create accounts for him.

In tandem with his court-ordered ban and fine, Simon has agreed to not gain access to the platform, not make false statements about the game and its employees, or go near its offices, or post and republish “false threats of terrorist activity relating to Roblox,” according to Polygon.

The last point came following a message Simon allegedly made on Twitter alluding to a possible terrorist attack at the Roblox Developers Conference in San Francisco in October last year. According to the lawsuit, Simon’s tweet caused the event to be delayed and “forced into a temporary lockdown while local police and private security conducted a search to secure the facility.” Simon has also been ordered to remove any of his YouTube videos that violate the court order.

Kotaku reached out to Simon and the Roblox Corporation for comment but didn’t receive a response by time of publication.

Comments

  • I’ve always been wondered, is there a name for content creators/influencers who’s entire career is built on being in conflict with the very platform they rely on?

    • Plummeting games journo standards aside, you’ve clearly never even done a cursory internet search of the guy.

      • Oh the delicious irony.
        No I haven’t done a cursory Google search because I’ve been following this one for a while now.

        My question is not about the allegations or the response and it still stands.
        What’s it called when your entire platform relies on being in conflict with the thing you need access to?

  • “…presumably through HACKING [emphasis mine] and getting other players to create accounts for him.”

    I knew the bar was low for being a videogame journalist, but are things really that bad, even after Kotaku has repeatedly shilled VPN services?

    “…not make false statements about the game and its employees…”

    It’s not a particularly false statement to point out that a company’s employees, on their social media team no less, are publicly outing themselves as being into disgusting fetishes. Especially when they’re openly displaying it on their social media accounts.

    “The last point came following a message Simon allegedly made on Twitter alluding to a possible terrorist attack at the Roblox Developers Conference in San Francisco in October last year.”

    He retweeted someone else’s tweet.

    • What is wrong with you dude? Do you just have too much free time on your hands or something maybe? Because it really seems like your life must consist of hovering over the refresh button on Kotaku just so that you can immediately post some poorly thought out argument that appears to mainly consist of “I don’t agree with the author and oh yeah, nearly forgot! Kotaku sucks, they have declining standards I disagree with, yet I’m somehow incapable of not reading the stories, yada, yada, yada.” Are you just trolling for shits and giggles or do you actually stand by all the posts you make? I’m genuinely curious.

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