Neo-Nazi scumbags target child gamers in sick online recruitment ploy
Neo-Nazi terror groups are using hit kids game Roblox to lure young recruits, a Daily Star Sunday investigation can reveal.
Hitler-loving extremists are recreating playable versions of infamous far-right atrocities like the Holocaust.
And they’re luring young gamers to streaming platforms in an attempt to peddle more hate and recruit them.
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We found scores of profiles supporting extreme far-right groups including Satanic-fascist movements linked to multiple murders.
They’re bypassing Roblox checks by misspelling profile and game names.
One game, or ‘experience’ allows users to enter a virtual conference room, it’s surrounding walls plastered with Nazi flags.
It’s called ‘Far Right’ and was created recently by a gamer called @atomwhaffen. The Atomwaffen Division s a far-right terror group proscribed last year in the UK after being linked to five murders in the US.
The American group influenced a series of organisations, including a British version of AWD called Sonnenkrieg Division, outlawed in its own right in 2020.
Prosecutors cited AWD as an influence on a number of teenagers in the UK convicted of terror offences.
Another game allows players to enter a gas chamber and use mustard gas among other chemical weapons. There’s a similar one called Holocqustz’s Place.
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Alex Bradley, Deputy Director, Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism, who has looked into Roblox’s links with the far right, said: "Extremism in gaming is a growing threat
"We are now seeing examples on Roblox of militant accelerationists – extreme far-right activists and Satanic, neo-Nazi cults.
"If you look at memberships you see imitations of extremists.
"The skull mask on an avatar often indicates suspicious or extremist activity
"These players use references to niche historic groups from both the left and the right and deliberately misspell words to get past moderators’ checks.
"Some members build extremist role plays and others invite recruits to Discord
"Some of the profiles are just for propaganda purposes
"A lot of the people looking at this material are already extreme to a certain extent and this material is meant to make them more radicalised
"These are the most dangerous terrorist networks in the world.
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"Roblox have banned groups in Britain. There was a British Union of Fascists who joined the game but ended up getting banned.
"I have no doubt that British youngsters will be using these channels and being recruited to these alt-right networks."
He said Roblox became the; de facto place to go for extremists because they could do a lot of stuff they couldn’t do on other networks
In May this year, Payton Gendron, 18, drove 200 miles from his home near New York and went on a shooting rampage in a supermarket, killing 10 and wounding two more
Gendron was an avid Roblox player and was often chatting with friends on Discord. In his Discord logs, he directly tied an interest in nationalism and guns to playing Roblox.
Research by Tech Against Terrorism also found that extremists used language Roblox to recruit new youngsters online.
Roblox says it swiftly acts to remove appropriate content and is working every day to improve safeguarding.
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