A current court docket ruling stated that video internet hosting large YouTube will not be answerable for cryptocurrency-related scams posted on its platform.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak did not assist his lawsuit in opposition to YouTube over an advert utilizing his picture to advertise a pretend Bitcoin (BTC) giveaway, Bloomberg reports.


Santa Clara County Superior Court docket Choose Sunil Kulkarnia stated in a tentative ruling Wednesday that YouTube and its mother or father agency Google are protected by Part 230 of the Communications Decency Act — a federal regulation shielding web platforms from duty for content material posted by customers.

Wozniak sued YouTube in July last year over a typical bogus crypto giveaway that said that anybody who sends cryptocurrency to a sure deal with will obtain extra cryptocurrency in return. The Apple co-founder argued that YouTube not solely did not take away the fraudulent advertisements however “materially contributed” to the rip-off by promoting focused advertisements driving visitors to the movies and falsely verifying the YouTube channels that carried the movies.

“If YouTube had acted rapidly to cease this to an affordable extent, we’d not be right here now. What human would see posts like these and never ban them as criminals instantly?” he stated. Within the go well with, Wozniak reportedly famous that related crypto scams on YouTube additionally capitalized on different tech celebrities like Microsoft co-founder Invoice Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Nonetheless, Choose Kulkarnia stated that these components weren’t sufficient to problem the immunity offered by Part 230. The choose gave Wozniak 30 days to attempt to revise his criticism.

Wozniak will not be the primary entrepreneur to lose his battle in opposition to bogus YouTube advertisements. Final July, YouTube attorneys filed a dismissal bid in an analogous case brought by major crypto firm Ripple Labs, arguing that the platform was not liable for any content — together with scams — offered by third events.

The newest court docket ruling comes the identical day Google overturned its 2018 policy banning crypto exchanges from utilizing its promoting companies.