Steve Wozniak has sued Google for failing to act on the Bitcoin scams done through YouTube.
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple with Steve Jobs, has imposed a lawsuit against Google for having allowed YouTube for years to be used as a platform to carry out Bitcoin related scams on your behalf, similar to those that took place a few weeks ago on Twitter after the social network was hacked. According to BloombergThe scams Wozniak refers to have been carried out on YouTube using the name of Apple’s co-founder, as well as his images and videos.
But Wozniak has not acted alone. The lawsuit has been filed with 17 other victims of this type of scams made on your behalf. In it, Alphabet – company is requested mother from Google and YouTube – withdraw each and every video of this type, notify users and compensate those affected.
Steve Wozniak wants YouTube to remove all scam videos made on his behalf
YouTube is not the only platform affected by these types of scams, which use world-famous public figures to try to attract their victims. As I said at the beginning, just a few days ago we lived one of the greater hacking from the history of Twitter, which allowed attackers to take control of the accounts of some celebrities such as Elon Musk, Bill Gates or Barack Obama and publish on their profiles tweets in which other people were encouraged to send a certain amount of Bitcoin to attackers’ addresses. Interestingly, the Twitter profile of Manzana was one of those affected by this attack.
However, Wozniak – who incidentally, was charging not too long ago against Facebook – refers to the attack by Twitter, noting that, unlike YouTube, the team behind the social network reacted on the same day in the face of the barrage of scam attempts, while the video platform has admitted that these types of videos remain published, and in the words of Apple’s co-founder, the company “has been directly hosting, promoting and taking advantage of similar scams without deception” .
Although Google has not commented on this, in the past the company has assured that the responsibility lies with the users who publish the videos, and not on the platform as such. Something that Wozniak disagrees with, who claims that the company must have the responsibility to act quickly once the content has been reported.
In the case of the scam carried out through Twitter, the attackers managed to collect a close to $ 120,000, much less than it could have been if the main cryptocurrency exchange platforms had not blocked the transactions made towards the Bitcoin wallets related to the attack – even so, every day hundreds of different scams arise from fake accounts, which unfortunately they go unnoticed. In the case of YouTube, it is completely unknown how much money those people behind these types of scams could have raised.
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