Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak loses the Bitcoin fraud case against YouTube

A recent court ruling stated that video hosting giant YouTube is not responsible for cryptocurrency-related scams posted on its platform.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (Steve Wozniak) failed to support his lawsuit against YouTube, the ad used his image to promote fake Bitcoin (Bitcoin) Giveaway, Bloomberg report.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Sunil Kulkarnia said in a preliminary ruling on Wednesday that YouTube and its parent company Google are protected by Article 230 of the Communications Regulation Act — a measure to protect Internet platforms from releases to users. Federal law responsible for content.

Wozniak Sued YouTube in July last year In a typical fake crypto giveaway, the giveaway states that anyone who sends cryptocurrency to a certain address will receive more cryptocurrency in return. The Apple co-founder argued that YouTube not only did not remove fraudulent ads, but also increased video traffic by selling targeted ads, and falsely verified the YouTube channel that played the video, thereby “making a significant contribution to the scam.” .

“If YouTube acted quickly to prevent this situation within reason, we would not be here now. Who would see such a post and not immediately ban it as a criminal?” he said. According to reports, Wozniak pointed out in the lawsuit that similar encryption scams on YouTube also used other tech celebrities, such as Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

However, Judge Kurkanya stated that these factors were not sufficient to challenge the immunity provided by section 230. The judge gave Wozniak 30 days to try to amend his complaint.

Wozniak is not the first entrepreneur to fail in the fight against fake YouTube ads.In July last year, YouTube lawyers filed an application for rejection in a similar case Brought by the major cryptocurrency company Ripple Labs, That the platform is Not responsible for any content — Including fraud — provided by a third party.

The latest court ruling was issued on the same day Google overturned its 2018 policy The use of advertising services by cryptocurrency exchanges is prohibited.