US court permanently bans ‘terrorist threat’ Roblox troll

Last November, we reported on the Roblox company suing a longstanding issue: Benjamin Robert Simon, known online as Ruben Sim, who has been on the platform for years and about the production of controversial content on the platform. The lawsuit alleges Simon “committed and encouraged unlawful conduct designed to harm Roblox and its users,” and seeks $1.6 million in damages.

In order to understand his behavior, Simon has been accused of harassing other users, including sexual harassment, and using homophobic and racist language. More specifically, he was charged with “attempting to upload a nude photo of himself with only a lampshade covering his genitals”, “attempting to upload a porn game” and “attempting to upload a picture of Hitler”.

Worst of all, Roblox claims that Simon and his like-minded “cyber thugs” caused the Roblox developer conference in San Francisco in October to be temporarily shut down due to a “terrorist threat.” Simon made various social media posts during the event, forcing police and security forces to get involved and temporarily shutting down the event.

(Image credit: Roblox)

A U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has now ruled on the case, and Simon, who has been banned from Roblox by the developer, is now banned from Roblox by a court order (Thanks, Ars Technica).