Gaming and social media platform Roblox sued a YouTube creator it banned from the platform for harassment and sexual content, claiming it had amassed a “mob” that temporarily closed its developer conference of October. The Roblox Corporation has filed a lawsuit against Benjamin Robert Simon, also known as Ruben Sim, for violating his user agreement and violating anti-piracy laws. “The accused Simon is the leader of a ‘cybermob’ which, with malice, fraud and oppression, commits and encourages illegal acts designed to harm Roblox and its users,” the lawsuit claims, claiming $ 1.65 million in damages and interests.
Polygon initially reported the existence of the lawsuit in California this morning. In it, Roblox says he banned Simon from attempting to upload an almost nude photo of himself, images of Adolf Hitler and a banned “sex game” on the children’s platform. Simon also allegedly harassed other members of the platform, used racial and homophobic slurs, and impersonated Roblox employees online, among other behaviors.
After the ban, the lawsuit says he continued to access Roblox using fake accounts, avoiding bans on his hardware and IP addresses, and encouraging his roughly 760,000 YouTube subscribers to do the same. (Roblox calls this the platform “hack”.)
The worst damage is said to have occurred at the Roblox Developers Conference in October 2021. Ahead of the conference, the lawsuit says Simon “engaged his supporters on Discord, glorifying the active shooter and the April 3, 2018 murder at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno , California, and threatening / taunting an act of imitation terrorism at Roblox headquarters, “telling its subscribers” to wait until [someone] does it to Roblox. 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 Blows Roblox Now!” Meanwhile, his supporters have reportedly posted fake threats of active fire and claimed to have poisoned conference drinks.
Roblox says the conference was temporarily closed while police and private security searched the facility, and incurred $ 50,000 in expenses to secure the event and investigate the incident. He alleges that Simon committed fraud by falsely representing the existence of a terrorist threat and trying to scare users of the event.