Two teenagers have been detained in Singapore for terrorism associated actions, with one among them utilizing Roblox to behave out their ISIS fantasies.
The unlucky actuality of child-friendly on-line areas like Roblox is that they’re not always as safe as they seem. Despite being marketed to children and being incredibly popular with that demographic, Roblox is also home to some seedy stuff.
Just a couple of months ago, actress Claire Sweeney expressed concerns about scammers, when a player asked her son to give them her credit card details.
Now, it’s been reported that there are multiple Roblox servers themed around the Islamic State, aka ISIS, with one 16-year-old arrested after it was discovered he was role-playing as a member of the group on said servers.
The anonymous teen was detained in Singapore under the country’s Internal Security Act. It’s said he used the Roblox platform to swear his allegiance to an ‘ISIS leader’ and would act out fantasies of shooting people and serving as an ISIS ‘spokesperson’ in-game.
Apparently, Singapore’s Internal Security Department (ISD) already had an eye on him when he first joined the servers at the age of 14. An investigation uncovered his interest in far right extremist content, and he was told by the ISD to avoid such content in the future, a warning he obviously ignored.
Although there’s no mention of him committing any real world violence, CNA studies that he had created and uploaded three propaganda movies onto social media between late 2021 and early 2022.
A second teen, aged 15, has additionally been detained for related causes, however their radicalisation got here from listening to podcasts by a segregationist preacher, not through Roblox.
Other than expressing assist for Islamic State, he tried to share ISIS movies containing beheadings with classmates and spoke with international on-line contacts about endeavor armed violence.
Each detainees will endure counselling and rehabilitation, and nonetheless be allowed to proceed their training.
On the time of writing, writer Roblox Company has not issued a press release on the matter.
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