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YouTuber BANNED from Roblox and fined $150k after ‘terrorist’ threats

YOUTUBER Benjamin “Ruben Sim” Simon has been permanently banned by Roblox for harassing players with his “cybermob”.

Simon was also charged with making real-world “terrorist” threats following a 2021 incident involving game developers.

The original Roblox lawyers wanted Simon to pay $1.6 million

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The original Roblox lawyers wanted Simon to pay $1.6 millionCredit: Roblox

Court documents obtained by Polygon revealed the epilogue to the legal drama that began last November,

Roblox’s attorneys claim Simon “commits to and encourages unlawful conduct intended to cause injury to Roblox and its users”.

He is accused of leading a “cybermob” that harasses users with homophobic and racist slurs, as well as sexual harassment.

Although he was banned before, Simon found a way around this problem by hacking and using other people’s accounts.

Another point of contention is that Simon monetizes this content on platforms like YouTube and Patreon.

He was also accused of making “terrorist threats” that led to the temporary closure of the Roblox Developers Conference in San Francisco last October.

The accusatory tweets surrounding the event have since been deleted, but Roblox’s lawyers say the company must pay $50k to investigate the threats and secure the event.

Roblox is also seeking $1.6 million in compensatory damages from Simon, which is about £1.3 million.

Luckily for Simon, that has dropped to $150,000 (about £111,000).

According to Polygon, the judge in the California court case issued a restraining order lasting “several years” on him.

For his part, Simon has agreed not to create, publish or republish “false threats of terrorist activity involving Roblox”.

He also agreed not to encourage violence against Roblox employees and not to go near Roblox offices.

Any video content of his that violates the terms of the lawsuit must also be taken down.

Simon has not commented yet but said he will have a video of the sage on his YouTube channel in the “next few months”.

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