YouTube LLC can’t be held liable for claims of false advertising and unfair competition stemming from its removal of a supplement company’s videos and accounts, a federal district court ruled.
Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted YouTube and parent company
The law protects social media companies from legal liability in the good-faith removal of objectionable content hosted on their platforms.
Enhanced Athlete Inc. sued the technology giants in December after its videos and accounts were taken down. Some of Enhanced Athlete’s videos contained information about steroid-like selective androgen receptor modulators, or SARMs, according to the opinion. SARMs are marketed as a tool to help build muscle, but they are unregulated and haven’t been approved for human consumption by the FDA.
Google and YouTube said the videos and accounts promoted “violent or dangerous acts” that carried inherent risks of harm or death, something Enhanced Athlete alleged was a “boilerplate” response.
Enhanced Athlete’s lawyer didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The case is: Enhanced Athlete Inc. v. Google LLC, N.D. Cal., No. 19-cv-8260, opinion filed 8/14/20.