Google wins 1, loses 1 in major court rulings

 

Google has won one court victory, and lost another, as the roles of web behemoths are coming under more and more scrutiny, thanks to Facebook’s massive blunders with consumers’ private data.

In its victory, the company has won dismissal of a lawsuit in a California court that accused its YouTube division of censoring conservative content.

There was no immediate word on whether an appeal would follow, but Reuters reported U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh decided a nonprofit run by conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager had not successfully demonstrated YouTube infringed its free speech by restricting its videos by age.

“The plaintiff, Prager University, said YouTube’s ‘animus’ toward its ‘political identity and viewpoint’ led it to curb access to videos, including through its ‘Restricted Mode’ setting, on such topics as abortion, gun rights, Islam and terrorism, despite its stated promise of neutrality,” the report said.

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