A Roblox player took on the role of a White House reporter and managed to submit questions to press secretary Jen Psaki.
As reported by Politico, the player – going by the name Kacey Montagu from fictional media outlet White House News (WHN) – managed to submit questions to White House press secretary via other members of the press corps. In reality, they are a member of a political roleplaying group on Roblox called nUSA and were posing as a reporter for the Daily Mail and as a member of the White House Correspondents Association.
In recent weeks they managed to submit four questions to Psaki via actual reporters, saying that they couldn't be in the room due to coronavirus restrictions. They had started two Twitter accounts and have submitted Freedom of Information requests, in addition to obtaining Psaki's financial disclosure form.
Montagu initially started when they set up the @WHschedule Twitter account, before starting @WHpoolreport. From both, they were tweeting daily schedules of top US government officials, in addition to pool reports. From there, they managed to get the attention of many White House reporters and people in the administration, and so they decided to try their hand at reporting.
“I love journalism, and I think the Press Corps is doing a pretty bad job at the moment," Montagu said when reached by email. "So I decided I would ensure some transparency and ask some questions me and some friends wanted the answer to."
Roblox went public in March via a direct listing. At the time of writing, the company has a $41.29 billion market cap.