Steve Wozniak sues YouTube over bitcoin scam videos using his name

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The lawsuit, filed in San Mateo County Superior Court, alleged that the videos used images and videos of Wozniak and other tech leaders like Bill Gates and Elon Musk "to deceive YouTube users into thinking if they sent cryptocurrency to an account they would receive twice as much back", reports San Francisco Chronicle.

The scam videos have been ensnaring unsuspecting victims with the help of YouTube's recommendation algorithms and advertising tools.

A lawyer representing Wozniak and the fraud victim acknowledged that by saying, "when Twitter was hit with a massive hack of 130 celebrity accounts, they were quick to shut down the Bitcoin scam in a day". Other famous tech entrepreneurs include Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Michael Dell. Wozniak points out that Google is "unapologetically hosting and directly benefiting from similar scams".

According to an announcement from the law firm of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, Wozniak urged YouTube several times to take down the fraudulent videos, but the largest video-sharing platform has been "unresponsive". The video streaming giant is now facing a lawsuit from Steve Wozniak, the multimillionaire co-founder of tech giant Apple Inc (find out more about Apple stock here).

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The latest YouTube bitcoin giveaway scams are just one of many ways that cybercriminals use to defraud crypto-enthusiasts off their money. "Despite Plaintiffs' and legions of other users' repeated pleas that YouTube take timely action to end this bitcoin giveaway scam, YouTube repeatedly delayed or refused to do so", claims the lawsuit. Apart from Wozniak, the other plaintiffs in the case are reportedly from Europe, Japan, China, Malaysia, Canada, the US, and the United Kingdom.

The Apple co-founder said YouTube failed to do its part in protecting its users against scams, noting that the BTC scams are allowed to do live streams and even do paid promotions on the network. The lawsuit is asking the court to order both YouTube and Alphabet to immediately remove the videos and to warn users about these cryptocurrency giveaway scams.

YouTube has historically relied upon the communications decency act to defend itself against similar suits.

The lawsuit has also enlisted proof of the allegations that Wozniak and other plaintiffs have leveled against YouTube and Google. Earlier this year, the popular payment protocol company Ripple did the same, as the number of such giveaway scams with their involvement had increased, and YouTube supposedly did nothing to stop them. The plaintiffs are also seeking punitive and compensatory damages.

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