Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and 17 other plaintiffs have sued Youtube and its parent company Google for promoting bitcoin giveaway scams.
Wozniak claimes that Youtube has allowed scammers to use his name and likeness to promote a fraudulent bitcoin giveaway for months. Moreover, according to the Apple co-founder, the two companies have repeatedly ignored his requests to remove the scam videos.
The lawsuit further alleged that the images of other well-known entrepreneurs, including Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Michael Dell, were also exploited in these crypto giveaway scams. The plaintiffs seek to recover punitive damages from the world’s leading video-sharing platform.
Twitter, on the other hand, took down similar bitcoin giveaway tweets the same day they were posted during the great hack that saw many high-profile accounts asking people to send them bitcoin, promising to double any amount sent.
This is not the first time that the video-sharing platform has faced these accusations. Back in April 2020, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse has sued YouTube over failing to crack down on scam videos. Despite many requests from Ripple to remove a fake XRP giveaway video with Garlinghouse, YouTube administrators delayed responding or completely ignored the requests.