Steve Wozniak accused YouTube of allowing a Bitcoin scam, similar to the one carried out on Twitter, to take place. The Apple co-founder said that for months fraudsters had been able to use his name and image, according to a lawsuit in San Mateo County, Calif., This week (via Bloomberg News).
Steve Wozniak images used in Bitcoin scam
Videos and images of Mr Wozniak were allegedly used to convince YouTube users that he was hosting a live giveaway. The clip indicated that whoever sent him bitcoin would receive double the number. This, of course, did not happen. Mr Wozniak said YouTube had “not responded” to his requests to remove the videos. Unlike Twitter, “YouTube hosted, promoted and directly benefited from similar scams.”
Mr. Wozniak went on to prosecute alongside 17 other alleged victims. In addition, the scammers allegedly used the names and images of Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Bill Gates. It should be noted that in a similar case earlier this week, YouTube said it was exempt from liability under the federal Communications Decency Act 1996.