Google rejects lawsuit denouncing animal abuse movies on YouTube

An animal rights group has failed in a authorized try to power Google to do extra to maintain animal abuse movies off its YouTube streaming platform.

Google of Alphabet Inc. is protected by federal regulation, Part 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects Web platforms from lawsuits primarily based on content material posted by their customers, Santa Clara Superior Court docket Choose Sunil R. Kulkarni in a provisional sentence.

The group, Girl Freethinker, sued final 12 months, accusing Google of taking advantage of animal abuse movies by operating adverts alongside them. A number of the offensive movies cited by the group included pythons attacking pups.

By permitting movies on its platform, Google was violating federal regulation banning depictions of animal cruelty, Girl Freethinker mentioned. However the decide famous that the group solely listed complaints involving violations of state and native legal guidelines, similar to breach of contract and deceptive promoting.

“Part 230 clearly states that ‘no lawsuit will be introduced and no legal responsibility imposed underneath any state or native regulation that’s inconsistent with this part,'” the decide wrote.

The case is Girl Freethinker v. Google LLC d / b / a YouTube, et al, 21CV390154, Superior Court docket of Santa Clara (San Jose).

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