After the hacking of high-profile accounts in Twitter over a cryptocurrency scam, Twitter was praised for swiftly shutting down malicious accounts, but Google and YouTube are being sued for “unapologetically hosting, promoting, and directly profiting from similar scams.”
Last week, the coordinated cyber-attacks promoted a bitcoin scam using Twitter accounts of big names like Joe Biden, Kanye West, Barack Obama, and such. Twitter Support took action decisively, but some users were still taken advantage of. Despite this event, YouTube still promotes bitcoin’s crypto scams.
This week, Steve “Woz” Wozniak, joined 17 other plaintiffs in filing the lawsuit against YouTube on July 21, accusing the defendants of violating his rights and publicity and demanding the platform to remove all bitcoin giveaway scams and promotion.
The lawsuit alleged that the image and likeness of big-time businesspersons like Wozniak, Musk, and Gates, to name a few, were exploited under these scams adding, “YouTube and Google took the further step of promoting and profiting from these scams by providing paid advertising that targeted users who were most likely to be harmed.”