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Google vs. Dennis Prager

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By: Staff – wnd.com – March 27, 2018

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

In its victory, the company 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. 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.

The judge claimed the Web giants weren’t “state actors” and so weren’t necessarily subject to the First Amendment provisions about “public forums” for speech.

“Defendants are private entities who created their own video-sharing social media website and make decisions about whether and how to regulate content that has been uploaded on that website,” the judge said in her opinion. “Plaintiff has not shown that defendants have engaged in one of the very few public functions that were traditionally exclusively reserved to the state.”

Google already had acknowledged that determining restrictions for videos can be subjective but declined to accept liability for its decisions.

WND reported in January that the idea that Internet giants such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube may have declared war on conservatives was gaining strength.

Talk-radio icon Rush Limbaugh has identified what he believes is the ideology driving the Internet giants.

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Source: Google wins 1, loses 1 in major court rulings