November 17, 2021

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak fails in attempt to sue YouTube over bitcoin scam

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak lost his lawsuit against YouTube over videos that used his image to promote a bogus bitcoin giveaway.

YouTube and its parent, Google, are protected by the federal law that shields internet platforms from responsibility for content posted by users, a California state judge said in a tentative ruling on Wednesday.

Not happy: Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, lost his lawsuit over a bitcoin scam.Credit:Bloomberg

Wozniak argued in his lawsuit that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act shouldn’t apply because YouTube not only failed to remove the fraudulent videos, but “materially contributed” to the scam by selling targeted ads driving traffic to the videos and falsely verifying the YouTube channels that carried the videos.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Sunil R Kulkarnia said those factors weren’t enough to overcome the immunity…

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