Roblox children’s online gaming platform is infiltrated with sexually explicit games

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The Roblox children’s gaming platform organizes parties with strippers and naked avatars that simulate sex.

Roblox, which allows users to create and play their own games, is popular with young children between the ages of 9 and 12.

The existence of rooms built for explicit activities has raised concerns that young children might accidentally fall into them.

Games found by BBC feature a naked man wearing just a dog collar and leash, a man in a Nazi uniform, and a group watching a couple having sex.

Avatars are able to communicate with each other via chat boxes, which means ill-intentioned adults could talk inappropriately with children on the game.

Roblox, which allows users to create and play their own games, is popular with young children between the ages of 9 and 12. The existence of rooms built for explicit activity has raised concern that young children might accidentally fall into them.

Games found by the BBC feature a naked man wearing just a dog collar and leash, a man in Nazi uniform and a group watching a couple having sex

Games found by the BBC feature a naked man wearing just a dog collar and leash, a man in Nazi uniform and a group watching a couple having sex

In 2020, Roblox told Bloomberg that two-thirds of all American children between the ages of nine and 12 play the game.

What is Roblox and how does it work?

Roblox allows players to create their own virtual worlds.

Founded in California in 2004, the popular children’s game is meant to bring people together through interaction on the site.

It is known as a cross between a gaming platform and a social media site.

A note on its website reads: “Players can build the ultimate theme park, compete as a professional race car driver, star in a fashion show, become a superhero, or simply design a dream home and spend time with friends.”

Some 1.5 million children in the UK are users, according to the Guardian, and the most popular games are played by up to 100,000 people simultaneously.

It has two million “creators” – about two percent of its players – who use Roblox Studio software to design their games.

And if those games are successful, creators can earn money from players through in-game purchases.

Roblox sex games, known on the platform as “condos”, are usually only live for less than an hour before being discovered and taken down.

A spokesperson said: “We know there is an extremely small subset of users who deliberately attempt to break the rules.

“We perform a security review of every image, video, and audio file uploaded to Roblox, using a combination of human and machine detection.”

Larry Magid, chairman of ConnectSafely, told the BBC it was a “cat and mouse” problem, with “people going out of their way to game the system”.

Mr Magid said children were unlikely to find the explicit games without actively seeking them out.

Despite this, the BBC said it found inappropriate sexual language in games that were not sexual in nature.

Dr Liraz Margalit, a digital psychologist who studies online behavior, said users have “anonymity” so often they write sentences in chat boxes that they would never say out loud.

Roblox has released a blog post revealing the work the developers have put into securing the platform.

It reads: “In 2021, we implemented several new machine learning-based systems and significantly increased the number of human moderators reviewing Roblox for bad content. As a result, in 2021, we saw an 84% reduction in the number of users exposed to experiences that violated our policies.

“This year – and every year – we continue to aggressively improve our proactive and reactive detection methods.”

On a page designed specifically for parents, Roblox said:

On a page designed specifically for parents, Roblox said, “An automated detection feature ensures all players are wearing appropriate attire in the avatar editor and avatar thumbnails.”

Avatars are able to communicate with each other via chat boxes, which means ill-intentioned adults could talk inappropriately with children on the game.

Avatars are able to communicate with each other via chat boxes, which means ill-intentioned adults could talk inappropriately with children on the game.

On a page designed specifically for parents, Roblox said, “An automated detection feature ensures that all players are wearing appropriate attire in the avatar editor and avatar thumbnails.”

A Roblox spokesperson told MailOnline: “We work tirelessly to maintain a safe, civil and welcoming platform for everyone.

“We have zero tolerance for sexual content or behavior of any kind, and we take prompt action against anyone who acts in violation of our Community Standards.

“We actively encourage users to report any content or behavior that may make them feel uncomfortable using our Report Abuse function, with a dedicated team acting on these reports.

‘We also have specific systems and features to protect younger members of the Roblox community, including stricter chat filters applied to children under 13, and a suite of parental control tools that can be used to restrict interactions with children and experiences. they can access.

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