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Online game Roblox to add voice chat

- Brett Molina

Kid-friendly online gaming platform Roblox said it is planning to introduce a “safe” voice chat option for players in the future.

During the company’s most recent investor call, Roblox vice president of engineerin­g Adam Miller discussed the popularity of text communicat­ions on the platform, noting as of Dec. 31, 2020, Roblox had processed more than 2 billion chat messages daily.

“In the future, we expect to open up communicat­ion through safe voice chat,” said Miller.

Roblox has emerged as a popular online destinatio­n, particular­ly for kids. About 56% of the platform’s 32.6 million daily active users are younger than the age of 13.

When a child enrolls for an account on Roblox, text chat settings are automatica­lly restricted so kids can only send messages to other players they have accepted as friends, according to a FAQ on Roblox’s website.

Parents also can disable the chat function.

A big concern with introducin­g voice chat is potentiall­y exposing players to profanity or other inappropri­ate language. However, Roblox could introduce privacy settings where younger players are limited to only voice chat with their friends.

Roblox says it currently employs 2,300 trust and safety profession­als that help screen for inappropri­ate content on the platform.

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