YouTube is investigating a complaint from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who accused the video service of aiding fraud, the company said on Friday.
“As we review the complaint, we take the abuse of our platform very seriously and take action quickly when we discover violations of our rules, such as cheating or impersonating another person,” the company said.
“Our users have tools to report channels that pose as other individuals or companies, as well as the ability to report videos that violate our rules directly,” YouTube noted.
Earlier on Friday, it became known that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak sued YouTube for aiding in cryptocurrency fraud. He claims that the company, despite repeated requests for months, did not remove the fraudulent video with the use of his image. According to the statement of the plaintiffs (Wozniak and 17 other people), in videos on the service, scammers told about the alleged distribution of bitcoins from the co-founder of Apple. In the videos, it was claimed that if users send a certain amount of bitcoins to a particular address, Wozniak will return them to them in double the amount. The lawsuit contains screenshots from the YouTube platform with related videos. At the same time, it is noted that scammers also use this scheme with the names of other famous entrepreneurs, such as Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Robert Kiyosaki. The plaintiffs claim that YouTube is aware of these scams, but does not take steps to remove these videos.