Google, YouTube Win Bid to Dismiss LGBTQ Discrimination Lawsuit

Google has won a dismissal of a proposed class action lawsuit alleging its video sharing platform YouTube discriminates against LGBTQ content creators after a California federal court ruled that plaintiffs did not have a First Amendment lawsuit against the private companies submitted.

Judge Virginia K. DeMarchi denied the plaintiffs’ 1983 Section allegation with prejudice and dismissed arguments that Google and YouTube should be considered state actors under First Amendment restrictions. However, plaintiffs have been given permission to change their false advertising claim under the Lanham Act.

Plaintiffs argued that Section 230, which largely protects online media sharing platforms from liability …

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