Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak has lost the case, almost a year after undertaking legal action against YouTube over bitcoin scams with his involvement. The Supreme Court Judge said the video-sharing platform and its parent company Google were protected by federal law.
Apple’s co-founder decided to act against YouTube after numerous scams with his involvement. More specifically, bad actors impersonated Wozniak and promoted false bitcoin giveaways on YouTube, which targeted countless victims.
Wozniak hired the law firm Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy to open a lawsuit against the world’s largest video-sharing platform. He argued that YouTube has not only failed to halt these frauds but also “materially contributed” to the scams by selling targeted ads driving traffic.
However, Santa Clara Country Superior Court Judge Sunil Kulkarni ruled in favor of YouTube and its parent company Google on Wednesday. The Judge said that the video-sharing platform is protected by federal law shielding internet platforms from responsibility for content posted by users.
Furthermore, Judge Kulkarni noted that Wozniak’s arguments were not enough to overcome the immunity provided by Section 230. Nevertheless, Apple’s co-founder has 30 days to try to revise his case.
It’s worth noting that Wozniak is far from the only celebrity involved in such scams. Some of the other famous names impersonated by scammers included Elon Musk, Kanye West, and Bill Gates.