Roblox sues YouTuber for temporarily shutting down conference with fake terrorist threat

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The Roblox platform banned a creator from its platform over harassment and sexual content, and now it is suing him, saying he amassed a mob that temporarily shut down its October developers conference. Benjamin Robert Simon, also known as Ruben Sim, was accused of violating anti-hacking laws by the Roblox Corporation. According to the suit, Simon is the leader of a cybermob that commits and encourages acts designed to harm Roblox and its users.

The California lawsuit was reported by Polygon this morning. Simon was banned from the platform for uploading a near nude picture of himself, images of Hitler, and a sex game that was forbidden on the platform. Simon used racial and homophobic slurs, impersonated Roblox employees online, and harassed other members of the platform.

The suit says he continued to access Roblox using fake accounts and encouraged his followers to do the same. This is referred to as hacking into the platform.

The conference was searched for a fake Islamic Extremist.

The worst damage is said to have happened during the Roblox Developers Conference. Simon glamorized the April 3, 2018, active shooter and murder at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, and threatened a copycat act of terrorism at the headquarters of Roblox, in the leadup to the conference, according to the suit. During the conference, he said that local police were looking for a fake Islamic Extremist and that the Extremist had posted a video on his website. His followers posted false active shooting threats and claimed to have poisoned the conference drinks.

The conference was temporarily locked down while police and private security searched the facility, and it cost $50,000 to secure the event and investigate the incident. Simon is accused of faking a terrorist threat and scaring users away from the event.