Lawyers for Steve Wozniak and 17 other people adversely affected by Bitcoin’s fake YouTube sweepstakes scams have sued the platform and parent company Google for failing to act quickly to ban such content.
According to a July 22 announcement by the law firm Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, Google and its YouTube subsidiary failed to protect users from Bitcoin’s fake sweepstakes channels (BTC) with images and videos of Wozniak and other celebrities. The hijacked channels run „gift“ scams that indicate that anyone who sends crypto-currency to a certain address will receive much more crypto-currency in return, when in fact they receive nothing.
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„If YouTube had acted quickly to stop this to a reasonable degree, we wouldn’t be here now,“ Wozniak said.
„YouTube, like Google, seems to rely on algorithms and no special effort requiring custom software was quickly employed in these cases of criminal activity. If a crime is committed, you have to be able to reach humans who can stop it. What human would see publications like these and not immediately ban them as criminal?
According to Joe Cotchett, one of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy’s partners, YouTube „knowingly allowed the Immediate Bitcoin scam to continue for months, promoted it and profited from it by selling targeted advertising.
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The lawsuit involves Wozniak and 17 others from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Malaysia, China and Europe who were victims of the BTC scam.
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Wozniak’s lawsuit comes one day after YouTube’s offer of a dismissal in a similar case brought by Ripple Labs. The crypto coin company sued the platform for its alleged failure to stop XRP scammers and spoofers.
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However, in a July 21 statement, YouTube’s legal team argued that the video-sharing platform is not responsible for any content, including scams, provided by third parties.
Unlike Ripple’s case, which was filed in federal court, Wozniak’s legal team will be heard by a judge in California State Superior Court in San Mateo County, a state court.
Wozniak and his legal team will hold an in-person, virtual press conference on July 23 at 11:00 a.m. PST in Burlingame, California.