The popular online gaming platform, Roblox, is facing allegations that it is preying on children and operating as an illegal gambling operation. A class-action lawsuit filed against Roblox Corp. claims that the company directs kids to third-party websites that offer gambling games such as blackjack and roulette. These allegations have been made in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
This is not the first time Roblox has come under fire from parents and authorities. In March, the platform was accused of blurring the lines between content and commercials. Over 1,000 complaints were lodged with the Federal Trade Commission, highlighting issues such as lack of assistance, deceptive advertising practices, and failure to protect children.
According to a complaint filed by the non-profit organization Truth in Advertising, Roblox has failed in its responsibility to clearly distinguish between marketing and organic content. The complaint asserts that the platform has disregarded its truth in advertising duties.
The ongoing class-action lawsuit against Roblox Corp. highlights the concerns raised by parents and child safety advocates regarding the platform’s practices. It remains to be seen how the case will unfold and what actions will be taken to address the allegations.
Roblox, which has been downloaded millions of times, continues to be a popular platform among young gamers. However, these recent accusations place a spotlight on the company’s role in promoting and facilitating potentially harmful activities for children.