The online gaming platform Roblox is facing allegations of targeting children and acting as an illegal gambling operation, according to recent reports. A class action lawsuit filed against Roblox Corp. in the U.S. District Court claims that the company is enabling gambling activities by directing children to third-party websites that offer games like blackjack and roulette.
This is not the first time that Roblox has faced criticism from parents. In March, the platform was accused of blurring the lines between content and commercials. The Federal Trade Commission received over 1,000 complaints regarding various concerns related to Roblox, including lack of assistance, deceptive advertising practices, and inadequate protection for children.
According to a complaint from the non-profit organization Truth in Advertising, Roblox has failed in its truth in advertising responsibilities. The complaint highlights the absence of clear distinction between marketing and organic content on the platform.
Roblox is a widely popular online gaming platform with millions of downloads. However, these recent allegations raise concerns about child safety and potential involvement in gambling activities. The class action lawsuit will allow further investigation into the matter and determine whether Roblox has violated any laws or regulations.
It remains to be seen how Roblox will respond to these allegations and what actions will be taken to address the concerns raised by parents and advocacy groups.