According to the latest reports, the court has ruled the case in favor of YouTube that was filed by Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple. In the final ruling, the court has announced that the YouTube platform is not responsible for any scams that get posted through its network.
Therefore, the allegations against YouTube being responsible for letting users post-cryptocurrency-related scams are baseless.
Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple had recently filed a lawsuit against YouTube for letting scammers advertise fake Bitcoin (BTC) giveaway. In the lawsuit, Wozniak alleged YouTube for letting its platform be used by scammers for using his image in order to carry out the fake giveaway for BTC.
The lawsuit had been filed by Steve Wozniak at the Santa Clara County Superior Court. The particular lawsuit was presided by Judge Sunil Kulkarnia. The final ruling was made by Judge Sunil Kulkarnia on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.
In the ruling, the judge stated that the online video streaming/sharing giant is protected by Section 230. The judge ruled that even Google, the parent company of YouTube is protected by the same Section 230.
The particular section is called the Communications Decency Act, which does not hold the internet platforms responsible for any of the content or videos posted by the users.
The case between the two parties had been going on for almost a year as the lawsuit was filed by Wozniak back in July of 2020. Wozniak claimed that the scammers used his image for running a fake campaign.
The scammers claimed that if a user sends their Bitcoin (BTC) to a particular address, they would receive double the amount of Bitcoin (BTC) they sent. As a result, many cryptocurrency users ended up sending their Bitcoin (BTC) over to the address. Afterward, it was confirmed that it was nothing more than a scam and many people had fallen prey to it because of Wozniak’s image used in it.
In the lawsuit, Wozniak claimed that YouTube failed to take down the particular ad and did nothing to stop the scam from happening. Instead, YouTube ended up contributing to the scam by targeting traffic that would be interested in such activities based on their preferred data. As a result of the above, certain people were bombarded with such advertisements.
During the hearing, Wozniak went straight for YouTube stating that the only reason they are at the court is that YouTube failed to act quickly and do anything about the situation. He stated that why someone would let such posts and advertisements run around even when they have already detected them.
The most alarming thing about the scam is that it was not just Wozniak’s image that was used in the scam. The scammers even used the images of Elon Musk and Bill Gates to successfully carry out their plans.