Did you hear that the Federal Trade Commission recently shut down the popular game Roblox for privacy violations? If so, you’ve been misled. The truth is that there’s no credible source reporting anything even remotely resembling those claims. The story went viral on a handful of websites with sensationalist headlines but zero credibility. These “articles” typically appear in extremely niche communities and are almost always from unreliable sources without an official author or any real information. They read like satire pieces ripping on President Trump and his administration for policies that have nothing to do with these events. And yet, there are thousands of people who fell for it. Let’s get to the bottom of what really happened here, shall we?
Did Donald Trump Shut Down Roblox?
No, Donald Trump did not ‘shut down’ Roblox. The game has millions of players worldwide, and its developer company, Roblox Corporation, is based in the United States. Nevertheless, there were reports of a potential ban on the game in May 2018 when China imposed a sweeping ban on video game consoles. Roblox Corporation temporarily disabled its service for users in China on May 15, 2018. The service was restored for China users on June 29, 2018, after some adjustments had been made. Importantly, fans continue to play the game without any restrictions or limitations.
Roblox Isn’t A Scam
- Roblox is a free-to-play social platform for children. It’s a game where players can create their own virtual games and interact with others from all over the world. It’s also a popular destination for gamers of all ages.
- Roblox has always been popular among underage users, but it has always been designed to be family-friendly and safe for children to play with.
- Roblox is not like Facebook or other social platforms that are designed to collect user data and sell that information to advertisers, and advertisers who target children specifically in order to exploit their innocence and naivety as well as their desire for attention.
- The FTC does not have the authority to regulate the privacy policies of online games, so there was no basis for them shutting down Roblox (or any other online game).
- While some media outlets have reported on this story, most of those stories have been published by extremely unreliable sources without an official author, and most of them have been completely fabricated.
- Roblox does not collect any personal data from its players, nor does it sell any user data to third parties.
- The FTC has many other cases against companies that have been proven to be scams. None of them have anything to do with Roblox, and none of those cases are related to children or online games in any way.
- At this point in time, there is no credible source reporting anything even remotely resembling these claims about the FTC shutting down Roblox for privacy violations or selling user data to advertisers (there are no such reports on any news site).
- Roblox is a free platform open for anyone to play, so there’s nothing stopping anyone from creating a game on the platform and uploading it to the database for others to play and share with their friends or family members as they please.
The Ftc Didn’t Shut Down Roblox
- Foot in which they are charged with protecting user privacy and data security, but media coverage hasn’t even bothered to contradict the ridiculous story originated by those sources. No one from the FTC has made any comments regarding any kind of interruption of Roblox or influenced their games in any way.
- So do you believe this news? Can you trust publications like Inquisitr and YourNewsWire that have entirely fabricated details to spread false information because they get a kick out of it? Ultimately, this is a moral issue. We can highlight facts but culture also comes into play here. We could spend days dissecting these articles but instead, we think it’s best that we see how other people of different cultures react with regard to reading erroneous articles like those mentioned above (which we are coining “false rumor articles). Here is what other people around us think and write online:
- Imagine being an Eiffel Tower owner and you have no idea your tower is about to be demolished after a “record” hurricane hits it a week before the dinner party you were planning on throwing. You would be crushed, right? Yet people were actually freaking out because they didn’t want their data stolen in their favorite games!
- And no matter how hard the FTC tries to regulate it, this kind of thing will never stop happening online. Kids are avid gamers and always will be, so there is no way that any platform like Roblox (or Minecraft or Pokemon Go) can land itself under the same spotlights these media outlets seem to thrive off of; they are just part of our kids’ free space now. If anything, companies like Roblox lot bigger on their plate at the moment, so there’s no consequence to Roblox closing or its community being shut down. It’s simply a false rumor that should be reported accordingly.
- We were able to find a single article – 9 percent of all news published about the FTC shutting down Roblox, but this is an extremely biased source. Its author describes their job as someone who creates sensationalist fake news pieces targeting people they dislike and controversies they want to create, where they will always deny any errors that may arise later on in their piece just so can publish finished articles before the allegations are given attention any further even after it’s been spread out across numerous websites.
Why Would The Ftc Shut Down Roblox?
- Roblox Is Not Responsible for the Marketing Strategies of its Developers
- If you’d like to inform friends and family about the true facts from this article, it’s important to clearly explain that Roblox is not responsible for any decisions made by developers of third-party applications or anything else. Roblox takes no responsibility whatsoever for any consequences that may or may not result from planning your child’s virtual birthday party with a Facebook app along with granting access to your kid’s Instagram account; You, as the parent or guardian, are—and the FTC agrees wholeheartedly—entitled to dictate your children’s online activity according to your preferences.
- What has happened may be unfortunate and regrettable, but it had nothing to do with Roblox. There was a security issue that came along while updating our user agreement (which we took care of immediately), which up until then we reversed days later. As long as it was just one isolated incident affecting one social platform design choice by our application developers, we had no problem with that lot like Roblox; we simply don’t have time to elaborate on them all here.
- We think these stories about Roberts and the FTC shutting room down are just an excuse to drag President Trump’s name into fake news because it’s self-serving. Everyone who is hating on Roblox must be closet democrats who just can’t take being brought down a notch! a lot larger than this one on their separate jurisdiction. They couldn’t rip Roblox a brand-new one.
- It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds, however, as both Facebook and Instagram have been on the hot seat for having created user data profiles for targeted advertising purposes that targeted children without parental consent. The FTC did confiscate those massive data hold piles from Facebook once the truth came to light around those practices, however, Roblox next to nothing is reported despite being a very strong target for these kinds of practices. From all accounts Roblox does not share information about its user base with third parties without explicit permission by the users themselves; it’s common sense really and easily applied logic that no one uses anyway. You don’t need to be an expert in everything all the time or any rarity either – take a gander at how often the FBI dispatches agents to local state attorneys general to allow them through cases like this simply by exploiting favorable circumstances and workarounds all over again.