Sat. Jun 4th, 2022
Steve Wozniak Can't Stop Scams Using His Name to Give Away Bitcoins - Federal Law Protects Youtube

Steve Wozniak Can’t Stop Scams Using His Name to Give Away Bitcoins – Federal Law Protects Youtube

 

As Steve Wozniak loses his lawsuit, Bitcoin Giveaway Scams continue on YouTube.

Steve Wozniak Can’t Stop Scams Using His Name to Give Away Bitcoins – Federal Law Protects Youtube : Steve Wozniak’s case against Youtube was dismissed after the video-sharing network illegally used his name and likeness in bitcoin giveaway frauds. Judge Sunil R. Kulkarni of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County declared in a provisional judgement Wednesday, according to Bloomberg:

Youtube and its parent company, Google LLC, are shielded by federal law, which exempts internet platforms from liability for user-generated content.

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Scammers have begun posting movies on YouTube claiming that celebrities are giving away bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies like ether. They claim to be able to double any bitcoin sent to them.

Scammers have also exploited the identities and photos of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, and Richard Branson, in addition to Wozniak. They’ve also enlisted the help of other well-known crypto figures, like Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong and Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin. According to Bitcoin News, Elon Musk’s bitcoin giveaway fraud brought in millions of dollars in July of last year.

In July of last year, Wozniak and 17 other scam victims sued Youtube and Google. They claimed in court that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act should not apply to their case since Youtube not only failed to delete the fraudulent videos, but also “materially contributed” to the scheme.

After fraudulently validating the scammers’ Youtube channels, Wozniak claimed that the video-sharing site benefitted from the scheme by selling targeted adverts that drove visitors to the phony films.

However, Judge Kulkarnia informed Wozniak that such considerations were insufficient to overcome Section 230 protection. She allowed the co-founder of Apple 30 days to modify his complaint.

 

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