Final November we reported on the Roblox Company suing a longtime thorn in its side: one Benjamin Robert Simon, identified on-line as Ruben Sim, who made controversial content material on and concerning the platform for a few years. The go well with alleged Simon “commits and encourages illegal acts designed to injure Roblox and its customers” whereas looking for $1.6 million in damages.
To provide an thought of his behaviour, Simon was accused of harassing different customers, together with sexual harassment, and utilizing homophobic and racist language. He was extra particularly accused of “trying to add a nude picture of himself with solely a lampshade protecting his genitals”, “trying to add a intercourse sport” and “trying to add footage of Hitler.”
Most significantly, Roblox Company alleged that Simon and his “cybermob” of like-minded people precipitated the short-term shutdown of the Roblox Builders Convention in San Francisco in October attributable to “terrorist threats.” Simon made numerous social media posts through the occasion that compelled police and safety forces to become involved, and a short lived shutdown of the occasion.
A US District Courtroom within the Northern District of California has now handed judgement on the case and Simon, already banned from Roblox by its developer, is now banned from Roblox by court docket order (thanks, Ars Technica).
The judgement partially reads: “It’s ordered that Defendant [Simon] is hereby completely restrained and enjoined from the next actions: a. Making, publishing, or re-publishing false threats of terrorist exercise referring to Roblox; b. Knowingly making false statements of truth about Roblox; c. Glamorizing or encouraging violence in opposition to Roblox, its workers, or amenities” and continues on to cease him approaching Roblox amenities or places of work, any movies referring to Roblox, and forces him to delete any movies he is made inside seven days of the order (he additionally has to supply Roblox a report on this, below penalty of perjury).
Roblox had pursued Simon for $16 million in damages for his behaviour, optimistic maybe, however “a judgment within the quantity of $150,000 is entered in favor of Plaintiff Roblox and in opposition to Defendant.”
Secure to say that this troll will not be lurking below that specific bridge no extra. I contacted Roblox Company to ask for touch upon the decision: “We do not have something so as to add past what’s already within the submitting.”