(Please note paragraph four contains language some readers might find offensive)
BANGALORE/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Profanities and other offensive content that basic word-filtering tools are designed to catch can be found in some game titles and user profiles on children’s gaming platform Roblox, searches of the website show, despite the company’s “no tolerance” policy and assurances it has safeguards to enforce it.
Powered by user-created games, Roblox is on course for a multibillion-dollar stock market debut before year end, riding the lockdown entertainment boom with its appeal as a place for safe fun and interactions for the youngest gamers.
But parenting groups and investors alike said they were concerned about whether the company’s automated systems to moderate content can effectively delete potentially offensive language and images that pop up on the platform.
Simple Google keyword searches of its site – conducted twice by Reuters since