Following a year-long legal battle with YouTube, Apple’s co-founder has lost his case against the popular video-sharing platform. Steve Wozniak had filed a case against the company over its failure to curb crypto-related scams and advertisements on its platform.
Last year, Wozniak decided to file a case against the video-sharing site after some people impersonated him and falsely promoted Bitcoin giveaways, scamming hundreds of people of their funds.
Soon after this saga, Apple’s co-founder hired the services of Pitre & McCarthy to fight the case against Youtube. The lawyers alleged that not only did Youtube fail to curb the scams, it also assisted them by offering targeted ads.
However, despite his plea, Santa Clara’s court ruled that both Google and Youtube were protected under an existing law that exempts these firms from the responsibility of users’ content. Judge Sunil Kulkarni added that Wozniak’s arguments were insufficient to overrule this immunity. However, the court gave him a month to revise his case against YouTube.
Notably, this is not the first time cyber attackers and scammers have impersonated a well-known individual or celebrity on the site. Popular figures like Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Kanye West have been previously impersonated to promote Ponzi schemes that have misled unsuspecting individuals.
Youtube’s Tussle With Ripple
Ripple, a prominent blockchain-based payment processor, had also filed a case against the social media company. It maintained that its CEO, Brad Garlinghouse, was involved in fake XRP giveaways. However, both parties later agreed to settle the dispute and keep further details confidential.