Roblox is being sued for allowing a minor's sexual, financial exploitation; Meta, Snap, and Discord are both targeted

Roblox is being sued for allowing a minor's sexual, financial exploitation; Meta, Snap, and Discord  ...

According to a lawsuit filed against the online gaming business on Tuesday, Roblox has been accused of allowing a California girl''s sexual and financial abuse by adult men. Discord, Snapchat, and Instagram have all filed lawsuits. Snap and Meta are already facing dozens of similar lawsuits.

Meta refused to comment. Roblox and Snap could not be reached immediately.

Discord apologizes to anyone who misogynizes or sexualizes children, but refuses to comment on the lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, Reuters claims that the minor was born in 2009 and began using Roblox when she was nine or ten years old. Roblox is popular with children under 13 but also has adult users.

According to the lawsuit, the minor came into contact with adult men starting in early 2020, ecstatic to sign up for Discord, Snapchat, and Instagram to communicate with them. None of the companies required parental consent, and Discord did not verify the minor''s age even if it said users would not be under thirteen years old.

According to the lawsuit, the men exploited her by energizing her to drink and abuse prescription medications and sending sexually explicit photos of herself. One man allegedly persuaded her to send him money.

According to the lawsuit, the minor suffered severe mental health issues, which resulted in suicide attempts and hospitalization.

Both the minor and her mother allege that the companies did not take steps to keep minors using their platforms safe, and that Snap and Instagram encouraged an increase in kid dependency. They are seeking unspecified damages.

2022, Thomson Reuters

HelplinesVandrevala Foundation for Mental Health9999666555 or help@vandrevalafoundation.com TISS iCall022-25521111 (Monday-Saturday: 8 am to 10 pm) (If you need assistance or want to know someone who does, please contact your nearest mental health practitioner.)

Helplines
Vandrevala Foundation for Mental Health9999666555 or help@vandrevalafoundation.com
TISS iCall022-25521111 (Monday-Saturday: 8 am to 10 pm)
(If you need support or know someone who does, please reach out to your nearest mental health specialist.)