Is Google responsible for user content?Back
The US Supreme Court has considered whether Google can be sued by the family of a terror victim. He stated that YouTube (from Google) encouraged terrorism by recommending IS videos. Google states that the Communications Decency Act protects companies from liability for content posted by users.
The legal battle dates back to 2016, when the family of Nohemi Gonzalez, who was killed in a 2015 Paris attack, sued Google. The lawsuit was initially dismissed, but the Supreme Court in October agreed to hear the case.
The decision of the Supreme Court could have far-reaching consequences. After all, it deals with the fundamental question of whether web companies and providers are responsible for content that users post on the net. Just this week, the ruling is also expected in the Twitter v. Taamneh case, which is about whether Google, Meta and Twitter can be sued by relatives of a Jordanian. He was killed in a terrorist attack in January 2017 by the Islamic State (IS) in Istanbul.